04/02/2017 15:37 EDT | Updated 04/03/2018 01:12 EDT

Abir's baklava class: Syrian immigrant shares dessert secrets

Abir Zain, a teacher from Syria who immigrated to Newfoundland recently with her family, had to learn how to make her husband's favourite dessert, and now she is sharing her baklava with others.

Zain, a mother of five, said no one in Syria makes their own baklava.

The popular dessert, which is usually consumed at weddings, graduations and births, is sold all over the Middle East in stores and bakeries.

But when Zain and her family immigrated to Newfoundland, she could no longer find the tasty treat. So she did what any of us would: she called her mother and asked her for her best recipe.

After that, she tried her mother-in-law's recipe and — still not satisfied — made up her own. We're glad she did because it's delicious! 

Check out the video below of Zain teaching a baking class that the provincial heritage foundation organized in St. John's.

Since the successful class, Zain has been taking orders for her baklava and hopes to sell it soon at the St. John's Farmer's Market.