very special Armenian treat to help you and your loved-ones celebrate the coming year.
|Sonia Tashjian’s ‘Tsal-Tsul’ New Year Dessert!|
Sonia stated: “One of the most subtle recipes of Armenian
New Year is TSAL – TSUL, which is the old Armenian name for pakhlava. Tsal-tsul
is easier to make than traditional pakhlava making it a pleasure to serve
during the holidays.” Sonia explained that ‘Armenian cuisine has a ritual cake,
gata or kata, and then, of course, there is pakhlava, two very unique sweets. Because both the classic gata
and pakhlava are harder to prepare, people invented an easier version – TSAL-TSUL.’
cross between the gata and pakhlava.
enough flour that is needed to make a dough.’)
1/2 cup of water to pour on it after baking
together the egg yolks and sour cream; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add 2
cups of flour and the baking powder. Cut-in the butter until it is resembles
small peas. Mix in the yolk-sour cream mixture. Add enough flour, a little at a
time, to create a workable dough. Knead the dough; divide it into 3 equal parts,
let it stand for 15 minutes. Roll each section, one at a time, with a rolling
pin into a rectangular shape to fit into a 9”x13” pan.
and sugar until light and fluffy, then gently add the cinnamon and chopped walnuts.
spread half of the filling mixture, then place the second layer of dough &
the rest of the filling, then top it with the 3rd layer of dough. Carefully
flatten the surface with fingers.
squares or diamond shapes and bake in a preheated 350 to 375°F oven until
pan out of the oven, pour the honey syrup over the top, let it cool &
absorb the liquid.