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5/03/2016

Baklava

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Ingredients:-


Phyllo Sheets-20
Butter-1 cup


For The Filling-


Cashew Nuts-1/3 cup
Pistachios-1/3 cup
Walnuts-1/3 cup
Powdered Sugar-1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder-1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/8 tsp


For the Sugar Syrup-


 Sugar-1 cup
Water-1/2 cup
Lemon juice-1 tsp
Rose Water / Rose Essence-1/2 tsp


Method:-



For the Sugar Syrup:-


Take sugar,water and lemon juice in a pan.
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Heat it and bring it to a boil while mixing it for the sugar to dissolve.Once the sugar has dissolved,let it simmer on low heat for about 4 minutes,without stirring,add rose water or rose essence .Remove it and let it cool completely.
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  For The Filling:-



Place all the nuts in a baking tray and spread them evenly.
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Roast in the preheated  150 C oven or toaster oven for 10 minutes or light golden color.
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Allow to cool completely.
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Now powder the nuts.

Add the powdered sugar,salt cinnamon powder and cardamom powder and grounded nuts mix well .keep it aside.
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Heat butter in a pan till brown in color.Keep it aside.
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Assemble the Baklava:-



Pre heat oven to 150C .

Thaw the frozen phyllo pastry according to the the directions given on the pack.Mine said to thaw it at room temperature for 1 hour.
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I have used a 8.5 x 4.75 pan.I used 10 sheets of pastry.I cut in the middle of the each sheet fit the baking pan and immediately refrigerate the remaining sheets.All sheets cover with wet cloth.
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Now grease the pan with melted butter,
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Place a phyllo sheet,It's perfectly okay if its a bit wrinkled or torn.
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Apply butter on the sheet generously.
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Place another sheet.Continue the process till 5 sheets are used up.
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Put 1/3 cup of the filling on the top of the 5th sheet.
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Spread the filling evenly. Place another sheet and butter it.
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Continue till another 5 sheets are used up.
Continue this process in such a way that you will have 4 layers of 5 sheets alternated with with 3 layers of filling.
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The finishing will be with the set of 5 sheets.

Cut into desired shape.
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Drizzle the remaining butter on top.
Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or till you get a golden brown top.
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Remove it from the oven and evenly drizzle the sugar and honey syrup immediately.
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Allow to cool completely before serving.Serving it garnished with nuts..Enjoy!!!
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