Georgian Pakhlava. Recipe for traditional Georgian dessert


Pakhlava is a Georgian pastry dish that consists of layers of pastry dough, nuts, and syrup. It is believed to have originated in the Middle East, and it is often served during celebrations and holidays. This particular recipe is for a traditional Georgian pakhlava, which is made with minced walnuts. The pastry is soaked in syrup after it is baked. Serve pakhlava with a cup of tea or coffee, and enjoy!


For the filling:
  • 800g minced walnuts
  • 400g sugar
For the syrup:
  • 400g sugar
  • 600ml water
For the dough:
  • 1kg flour
  • 1 egg
  • 500g butter (100g for the dough; 400g to spread over the dough sheets)
  • 10g sugar
  • 2,5g salt


  • Step 1:
    In a small bowl, mix the egg, 100g melted butter, sugar and salt. In a larger bowl place the flour, make a hole in the middle, add the mixture and knead the dough for about 30-35 minutes. Wrap the dough in a tea towel and let it stand at room temperature.
  • Step 2:
    After 15-20 minutes, divide the dough into 40 small balls and roll each thinly. Spread the sheet of dough on a baking tray and pour the melted butter over it. Lay another sheet of dough over it and again pour the butter. After laying five sheets, add the mixture of sugar and walnuts, distributed evenly. Repeat in the same order until all dough sheets are used up. At the end, cut the Pakhlava into small diamond shapes and place in the oven.
  • Step 3:
    Bake at 180°C for 20-25 minutes. Once baked, pour and coat pastry with a syrup of hot water and sugar. It is recommended to let it stand overnight in order to allow the sheets to absorb the syrup and its flavor.


This Georgian pakhlava recipe is a traditional dish that is perfect for celebrations and holidays. The layers of pastry, nuts, and syrup make for a delicious and unique dessert. Give this Georgian recipe a try the next time you are looking for something sweet. Your friends and family will be sure to enjoy it. Thanks for reading and happy baking.

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