Recently I’ve had the pleasure of trying a baklava that is new to me- it’s homemade by a woman named Amal out of her Los Angeles kitchen and it’s delicious in the way that only a homemade baklava can be. For me, someone who grew up eating baklava from grocery stores that sold the hard but flaky, almost too hard to eat type of baklava, I never really knew what excellent baklava could be until I met people who brought it back from overseas places like Turkey or Lebanon or bought it from specialty stores where it’s sold as a family recipe passed down. Those versions are always so much better- softer, not too sweet and made with real ingredients.
That’s what I’ve enjoyed so much about Amal’s Baklava, as did much of my family and friends who were also able to enjoy it tremendously. But the story behind the baklava is actually what sparked my interest the most. When Amal first approached me and told me how she started her home-based business out of her California home kitchen, it was truly endearing. I absolutely love to hear about and support women doing their own thing, so I was eager to try out the product. it was a pleasant surprise to see how they’d traveled so well and remained flaky but soft and not too sweet but just sweet enough to hit the spot. The ingredients such as the walnuts didn’t overpower the bite-size pieces but complemented them, as they should. Each piece tasted buttery, but not too much, although she has not revealed her secret recipe so I’m not sure what she does to make them so delicious. All I know is that I don’t actually have much of a sweet tooth, but I ate much more than my fair share before reminding myself that I needed to let others have a taste, too! This is what Amal herself has to say about her product:
Now all of you can get a chance to win a box of Amal’s Baklava which she ships internationally from her California kitchen. She’s giving away one box ($14.00 value each) of either a 1 pound Walnut Box or a 1 pound Pistachio Box to TWO random winners who comment on this post. Will it be you? You must be a subscriber to my newsletter (subscribe here if you’re not already) AND leave a relevant comment below to be eligible. Deadline for entry is Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
For example, you could answer the question “How do you like YOUR baklava?”
(Please read our guidelines for entry. U.S. delivery of winning items only). This is a sponsored giveaway intended for readers and subscribers of MyHalalKitchen.com only.
UPDATE: We have our TWO winners!
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