Neighborhood Kitchens

Sevan Bakery's Birds Nest Baklava

By Margarita Martinez

Birds Nest Baklava
Baklava is a a world famous, melt-in-your-mouth dessert. Try making this sweet pastry, a mass of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts, baked and drenched with sugar water.
Phyllo dough
Pistachio nuts
Melted butter

Roll two sheets of phyllo dough tightly together around the end of a cooking spoon.  Push the ends together, remove from spoon and fold in a circle to resemble a bird’s nest. 
Butter the rolled phyllo “nests” thoroughly. 
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
Bring sugar water to slow boil.
Blend pistachio nuts in food processor.  Do not blend too fine.  Leave some pistachio chunks to add flavor.
Remove baked phyllo from oven.  Color should be golden brown.
Spoon sugar water over baked phyllo. 
Sprinkle handfuls of chopped pistachios over each phyllo.
Let stand and cool for 3 or 4 minutes.
Serve with coffee or tea.

chef piuma

Sevan Bakery, is one of several different Armenian markets in Coolidge Square. The Chavushian family shared this recipe with us when the bakery was featured on Neighborhood Kitchens.


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Margarita Martinez grew up in the Bronx, NY and Ossining, NY with a Puerto Rican father and a Franco-American mother. She now calls New England home. Margarita has always had an insatiable appetite for travel and food. She made her first empanada as a teenager visiting Argentina, satisfied her sweet tooth with poffertjes and stroopwafels while studying in Holland, engorged herself on Thai street food for a month in Bangkok, and continues to search for authentic international cuisines in the Northeast. Margarita loves to discover new ingredients, flavors, and cooking approaches that she can bring to her own home kitchen.

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