In this episode of Postcards, we discover an Azeri delicacy: baklava, or halva. According to the experts, this is a dessert which was already known in Ancient Mesopotamia, in the seventh century BC.
For euronews, Aurora Velez#! reports that halva is the quintessential Azeri dessert. Each region has its own recipe: euronews has been tasting the version from Sheki. Here, as well as hazelnuts, spices are added, and there is a hint of thyme and saffron.
The pastries, measuring approximately one metre in diameter, have become a fixture for travelling foodies.
Local pastry chef Togrul Valiahmedli gave us his recipe:Each halva has five layers of ground rice, hazelnuts, sugar and a syrup made with water and lemon. You have to leave it to rest overnight.
You will have guessed that we won’t be given all the details. It’s a secret that has been well guarded from generation to generation.