Baklava is one of those desserts that once you have a bit of, you instantly fall in love with. At least the ones baked well, not the soggy baklava that leaves you with a rather unpleasant after taste.
I absolutely love baklava, and I never minded paid quite a good amount of money on a few slices. Because they are worth every single pence. Until I decided to give it a try myself, and see if l could recreate a dessert that is ever so popular all over the world.
I must say, don’t start making it if you are short of time, because it does take time to make it. You can’t rush it, there are no shortcuts. It takes as long as it takes, and that’s that.
And if you’d rather go for the healthier kind of desserts, again, this one is not for everyone. It’s buttery, it’s sugary, it’s rich beyond belief, but it’s divinely delicious, and worth eating it.
Unlike the Greek version, which uses honey, cinnamon and other nuts (walnuts being the most popular), the Turkish version, also known as pistachio baklava, uses (obviously) pistachios and a simple sugar and lemon juice syrup. And nothing else. Let’s see how to make it!
- 3cup or 2cup Sugar
- 1cup Honey
- 1 1/2 cup Water
- 2Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 2Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
- 2pcs. Cinnamon Stick
- 6pcs. Whole Cloves or 1/2 tsp. Cardamom Powder
- 500grms. Almond
- 500grms. Pistachio
- 500grms. Walnut
- Finely chopped or coarsely ground or you can put into food processor
- together with
- 1/4cup Sugar
- 1-2tsp. Cinnamon Ground
- 1/4tsp. Ground Cloves or Cardamom
- 1box of phyllo pastry
In a pot put together sugar,honey,water,lemon juice,light Corn syrup,cinnamon stick,whole cloves or cardamom powder turn on the burner into medium heat let it boiled meanwhile while the syrup is on process for boiling you can now prepare your filling with phyllo pastry make a layer,first prepare an rectangle food pan not shallow or waht ever is available put 1 sheet of phyllo pastry first brush melted butter then add or spreed the ground nuts evenly then put again phyllo pastry then brush again melted butter then
again ground nuts repeat until you reach the hight you desired same procedure
…press down then cut into diamon ar what ever cut you desired..preahet the oven to 160’C an bake the baklawah until golden color then remove while hot put the syrup on top in all areas
…cool down and it’s ready to served