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Baklava

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

Baklava is a very rich sweet pastry made out of layers nuts and filo pastry sweetened with sugar syrup and/or honey. Its main characteristic is crunchy, nutty and very sweet (one of the sweetest desserts I tried).


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Ingredients

  • 375g filo / phyllo pastry
  • 150g walnuts
  • 100g almonds
  • 50g pistachio
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Using a food processor finely chop together walnuts, almonds and pistachios.
  2. Remove from food processor then place in a bowl. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon into the bowl and mix to distribute evenly.
  3. Prepare a damp cloth, you will use this to cover your unused filo pastry to keep them from drying out.
  4. Grease a 9 x 5 inch deep dish or you can line it with wax paper. Place a sheet of filo in the pan then brush top with butter. Place another layer then brush again top with butter, repeat the steps until you have 12 layers.
  5. Pour half of the nut mixture on top then place a sheet filo to cover top, brush it again with butter and repeat steps until you have 10 layers.
  6. Pour remaining half of the nut mixture on top then place a sheet filo to cover top, brush it again with butter and repeat steps until you have 12 layers. Before brushing the final layer with butter press the bottom layers firmly.
  7. Trim excess dough using a knife then place baking dish in the refrigerator for an hour to set. Using a sharp knife cut into diamond shapes all the way to the bottom.
  8. Bake in a 180C preheated oven for 50 minutes or until baklava is golden and crispy.
  9. While baking prepare your sugar syrup by boiling together water, sugar, honey and vanilla. Once boiling simmer for 30 minutes in low heat uncovered.
  10. Remove baklava from the oven then immediately pour sugar syrup on top. Let it cool for at least hours to let the whole thing set.

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