Baklava: Turkish Dessert






Quick dessert which is extremely simple to make

Ingredients :

Phyllo Sheets ( In India, if you search for phyllo sheets, you will rarely find a store/ mart that will serve Phyllo Sheets. Hence, you can use thin samosa pattis sheet as shown in the pictures)
250 grams finely chopped walnuts
50 grams melted butter

For the syrup :
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon
1 mace
2 green cardamom
½ cup honey
Juice of 1/4th lemon
Take a 8X8 inch baking tray

Preparation:

Phyllo Sheet replacement in India:















Thaw the pattis sheet till it comes to room temperature.

Damp a towel and place it over the pattis sheet. It prevents the sheets from going dry. If the sheets dry out, they will crumble when you try to layer  them.

With the help of brush, grease the baking tray.

Place the sheets on the tray covering the it completely. Dip the brush in butter and apply evenly on the 1st layer of sheet. Place a second layer of sheet. Apply butter again.

Now take 2 tbsp of chopped walnuts and sprinkle evenly on top of second sheet.

Cover the walnut layer with pattis sheet. Apply butter. Put a second layer of sheet  and apply butter again. Sprinkle 2 tbsp finely chopped walnuts evenly.

Repeat the process 3  times more. Thus, you have 5 layers of walnuts spread evenly between the sheets.  The last and top layer should be the sheets. Apply butter and cut into square blocks with help of a sharp knife. 

Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 180 degree centigrade.
Bake the baklava for 35-40 minutes.

In the meantime, make the syrup:
Boil water , sugar, cinnamon, mace and green cardamom till sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice, honey and boil on low flame for 20 minutes more.

Once, baklava is baked, take it out of oven and pour the hot syrup prepared above evenly over it.
Allow it to cool down completely before you serve. To store, place the baking tray itself in the freezer. Do not cover it ( This prevents it from getting soggy)

Enjoy this simple yet mind blowing dessert.


2 comments:

  1. Irresistible and super rich baklava,love to have a slice.

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  2. Simple and an elegant dessert. Yum!

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