My first blog post – yipee! This has been long time overdue. I’m so glad I finally got up to speed and joined 2013!
I have hundreds of recipes and ideas that I have been creating and collecting over the years, and I can’t wait to share them with you all. But I wanted my first post to be extra special. It didn’t take me long to decide that Paklava deserved the honor of being my inaugural entry on Floating Kitchen.
Yes, I wrote Paklava with a “P”. It is not a typo. I did not mean to write Baklava. Paklava is the spelling/pronunciation used by many Armenian families, including my own. And today I want to bring you the traditional Armenian Paklava that I grew up making and eating. For Armenians, Paklava is a staple that adorns almost every family gathering and holiday. It looks intimidating and complicated – all those flaky, buttery, nutty, sweet layers. But it’s really quite simple once you get the technique down. And it actually requires very few ingredients. Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!
My Great Uncle Vosken always said that my mom made the best Paklava in the whole family. This is the recipe that I learned from her many years ago (thanks Mom!).