Baklava Recipe

Baklava Recipes

Ingredients :

3.75 cups ground pistachio nuts

1.25 cups icing sugar

1 tbsp ground cardamom

2/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 lb filo pastry

For the syrup:

2 cups granulated sugar

1.25 cups water

2 tbsp rose-water

Method :

First make the syrup: place the sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes until syrupy. Stir in the rose-water and leave to cool. Mix together the nuts, icing sugar and cardamom. Preheat the oven to 160C / 325F / Gas 3 and brush a large rectangular baking tin with a little melted butter. Taking one sheet of filo pastry at a time, and keeping the remainder covered with a damp cloth, brush with melted butter and lay on the bottom of the tin. Continue until you have six buttered layers in the tin. Spread half of the nut mixture over, pressing down with a spoon.

Take another six sheets of filo pastry, brush with butter and lay over the nut mixture. Sprinkle over the remaining nuts and top with a final layer of six filo sheets brushed again with butter. Cut the pastry diagonally into small lozenge shapes using a sharp knife. Pour the remaining melted butter over the top. Bake for 20 minutes then increase the heat to 200C / 400F / Gas 6 and bake for 15 minutes until light golden in color and puffed. Remove from the oven and drizzle about three quarters of the syrup over the pastry, reserving the remainder for serving. Arrange the baklava lozenges on a large glass dish and serve with extra syrup.

Serves 6-8

This is queen of all pastries with its exotic flavors and is usually served for the Persian New Year on 21st March, celebrating the first day of spring.

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