Experience infamous Turkish hospitality directly from the heart of an authentic Turkish home in Istanbul . Spend a day learning to make traditional Baklava in a warm, loving environment. The steps will be explained and translated by a guide who will accompany you during your learning, and will be demonstrated with love and care by knowledgeable housewives.
Despite the workshop being flexible with timings, we usually start at 10:00 or 10:30 am.
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Sefakoy, a stunning example of a modern Turkish neighbourhood within Istanbul. Your day will consist of 3-4 hours of creating the baklava. After this, while the baklava is being cooked, our guide will take you to Aqua Florya for 1 – 1.5 hours of free time in which you can relax, shop and sightsee to your heart’s content on the sea front.
After a short 15 minute drive back to the kitchen, you will learn how to make the syrup that is poured over the baklava to give it its finishing touch.
The baklava is then delivered to your hotel the next morning once it is 100% ready, as the syrup needs time to cool and seep into each layer of the baklava. And there you have it! A unique skill and a home that will stay with you for a lifetime.
What is Baklava?
You must taste baklava during your stay in Istanbul. The recipe may sound too easy to be true: chopped nuts are spread in between the phyllo (yufka) layers, dressed with butter, baked and sweetened with syrup or honey. But the excellence depends on the quality of the flour, the thinness of the dough (phyllo) and the proportion of the syrup.
Baklavais a rich, sweet pastry featured in many cuisines of the former Ottoman countries. It is a pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped walnuts or pistachios and sweetened with syrup or honey.
You will receive the confirmation of your booking's availability within 24 hours. Once confirmed, please present your booking reference number at the cooking school.
Full refund will be issued for cancellation made at least 48 hours prior to the activity