The city of Gaziantep, the home of the best baklava in the world comes to our minds, whenever Baklava is mentioned. I even remember checking flights for a daily Gaziantep trip, for the sole purpose of eating that special baklava. But today Gaziantep brings to minds the news of a terrible terrorist attack.
Is there any other country surrounded with so many enemies and this much hatred ? I cannot help but hope for better days to come during these days of extreme pain and loss.
Making a healhified version of our national dessert thus coincided with such terrible events. Thanks to my husband who came home with a box of baklava during the weekend and gobbled it all up unabashedly. Usually I don’t like desserts made with sherbet but I simply drooled over those baklavas, and thankfully this version is very light, easy and delicious.
Healthy Grain free Turkish Baklava
Prep Time: 20 min
Serves: 8-10 pcs
1 cup (80 gr) pistachio meal or 4/5 cup shelled pistachios
10-12 medium dates (120 gr)
1-Wash the dates, remove the pits.
2-Place pistachios and pitted dates in your food processor. Blend at high speed until a thick dough forms.
3-Wet your hands and place the dough ion a parchment paper. Shape like a long cylinder, refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove, slice and serve.