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Cup size – 250 ml
Ingredients for the dough:
2 ½ cups flour
200 g unsalted cold butter
2 egg yolks
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup white granulated sugar
1 packet vanilla sugar (1 tbsp)
½ tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
Ingredients for the filling:
3 egg whites
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
Ingredients for the coating & decoration:
1 egg yolk
1 tsp olive oil
Preparing the dough.
Separate the egg whites from the yolks into two separate bowls.
Add sugar to the yolks, then beat them with an electric mixer.
In a separate bowl, mix the sour cream with the baking soda and the salt.
Sift the flour onto a working surface. Use a cheese grater to grate the butter into the flour and lightly mix them together.
In the center of the flour-butter mixture, add the sour cream mixture, vanilla sugar, and the egg yolk mixture.
Chop all the ingredients together with a chopping knife, bring them into the center of the board and continue chopping and mixing them together until you wind up with smooth dough.
Do not over-knead the dough! You should be able to see little bits of butter in it. These small chunks of butter are what will make the dough crispy and flaky when cooked.
Divide the dough into two evenly-sized pieces. Shape each piece of the dough into a ball and dust it with flour.
Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Preparing the filling.
Lightly beat the egg whites with an electric mixer, starting on a low speed, then increasing it to high.
Chop the walnuts into small pieces
and mix them with the beaten egg whites using a spoon.
Preparing the Pakhlava.
Remove one ball of dough from the refrigerator. Place it on parchment paper and roll out the dough with a large heavy rolling pin to a thickness of 0.5 cm as big as your baking pan is, then place it into the pan.
Spread the filling evenly over the dough.
Remove the other ball of dough from the refrigerator. Dust your working surface with flour to keep the dough from sticking and roll the ball out to the same way as you did the first.
Use this layer to cover the filling.
In a separate dish, mix the egg yolk and olive oil together and coat the top layer of dough
Cut the layer into diamond-shaped pieces (don’t cut through the filling and the bottom layer of Pakhlava). Place and lightly press a nut into the center of each slice.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
Let the baked Pakhlava cool down before removing it from the baking pan and cutting into pieces.
Bon Appétit! Enjoy!