Baklava

by Lorena

I love dessert with nuts and baklava is exactly that: layers of phyllo dough, toasted nuts and it’s all soaked in a delicious honey syrup.

For this baklava I used a mix of nuts: walnuts, almonds and pistachios. However you can use whatever mix you like or just one type. The most traditional are walnut-only but I really like the mix. You can even do it with pecans, hazelnuts, etc. The only nut I wouldn’t use is peanuts.

It’s important that you let the baklava rest after pouring the syrup on so that it can properly soak it in and cool dow. This way it won’t beak apart as you serve.



Baklava

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Course: Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine: Low
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 mould, 22x18cm
Author: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal

Ingredients

For the syrup

  • 180 g granulated sugar
  • piece lime peel make sure to remove the peel
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • 180 ml water
  • 160 g honey
  • 2 cloves

For the filling

  • 1 kg phyllo dough
  • 200 g almonds
  • 200 g walnuts
  • 100 g shelled pistachios + about 10 to garnish. If they're salted make sure to give them a rinse before toasting.
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100 g unsalted butter melted

Instructions

For the syrup

  • Put everything in a pot and bring it to a boil. Once the sugar dissolves take it off the heat and let cool completely.

For the filling

  • Toast the walnuts, almonds and pistachios at 180C for 5-10min or until golden and fragrant.
  • Let them cool down and process them until they're in fine pieces.
  • Cut the phyllo sheets to the size of the mould. Keep them covered by a damp kitchen cloth at all times so the phyllo doesn't dry out.
  • Paint butter on the base of the mould and lay 5 layers of phyllo pastry on top, also with melted butter in between each of them
  • Lay 1/3 of the nuts and press down with the back of a spoon.
  • In total you need: 5 phyllo layers on the bottom, filling, another 5 layers of phyllo, filling, 5 layes of phyllo, filling and finish with 10 layers of phyllo. Always paint with butter in between layers of phyllo.
  • Paint the last layer with butter.
  • Cut the baklava vertically and then cross those lines ina slight diagonal. You can see the detail on the video above.
  • Take to a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20min or until really golden on top.
  • Pour on the syrup AS SOON as it comes out of the oven and let it rest for at least a couple of hours so it can absorb it all in.
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