Baklava is rich, sweet pastry and is a favourite among the Greek and the Turks.
1 lb. walnuts chopped or ground
2 tsp. almonds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 (16-oz.) package phillo dough (KRINOS)
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar or 1 cup of honey
1 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/4 lb. Pistachio to garnish or decorate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease 9x13-in. baking dish.
Combine cinnamon and walnuts.
Melt butter on low heat.
Unroll phillo dough and cover with a damp cloth while preparing ingredients.
Place 2 sheets of phyllo dough at the bottom of the prepared dish.
Fold the phillo to fit the baking dish and generously brush the melted butter.
Sprinkle 2 or 3 tablespoons of walnuts some almonds on to the phillo.
Place another layer of phillo dough on top of the walnut mixture.
Again, brush generously with the melted butter.
Sprinkle another 2 or 3 tablespoons of walnuts unto this layer of phillo.
Repeat the process of phillo, walnuts and melted butter until all the walnuts are utilized.
Top with 4 to 6 sheets of phillo dough, and lightly butter.
Using a sharp knife, cut into squares (then diagonally if you so please).
Place in preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes or until golden brown in colour and phillo dough is crisp.
SYRUP BASTE FOR BAKLAVA
While baklava is baking, pour sugar (or honey) and water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil at medium heat. Stir to ensure sugar is melted.
Add vanilla extract and lemon zest.
Stir occasionally to blend ingredients.
Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes or until liquid forms into a syrup.
Remove from heat and set aside.
(This syrup baste is used to top the Baklava.)
Once your Baklava is cooked, remove from the oven.
Generously pour syrup over Baklava.
Garnish with pistachios.
Allow the Baklava to cool completely before it is served.
Please Note: Honey is used as an ingredient in many recipes from all over the world, however, in this website, we have mentioned the ingredient honey, in the following recipes
*** Philo is used as an ingredient in many recipes from all over the world, in this website, we have mentioned the ingredient Philo/ Filo in the following recipes: