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How to make Baklava in 4 easy steps

How to make Baklava in 4 easy steps

Baklava

Baklava has become one of my most favourite sweet treats after taking a Nile cruise on the Dahabiya Dream. It was so delicious I asked the chef to show me how he made it. I was surprised how easy it was and so here we go:
Ingredients
The syrup
500gr/2 cups sugar
500ml/2 cups water
2 tablespoons honey
½ Lemon
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Heat all together until the sugar is dissolved and then simmer for 15 minutes – leave to cool – don’t pour hot syrup over hot pastry as it will go soggy – no one likes soggy pastry!

The filling
225gr/2 cups of pistachio nuts, walnuts and almonds (I use mostly pistachio’s as they are my favourite).
¼ cup sugar – I use soft brown sugar
1 big teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves

Put all together in a mortar or bowl and crush to a coarse texture

The pastry
375gr/1 pack of ready-made filo pastry– take out of the fridge and bring to room temperature. Have a damp cloth ready to cover and keep the pastry damp while you are using it. If it dries out it will crack.
250gr melted unsalted butter

Grease a 28cm x 18cm shallow baking tin with the melted butter (using a pastry brush if you have one) and then layer 4 sheets of pastry in the tin, brushing each sheet with butter. You don’t have to be neat, just fold over any extra pastry. Then put half of the nut mixture followed by another 4 sheets of pastry, then the rest of the nuts and finish with a pastry layer. Brush the top with butter and cut into diamonds with a sharp knife – ensure the blade goes right to the bottom.
Bake at 180c/gas 4 on the middle shelf of the oven on a hot baking sheet for 30–35 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp, reducing the temperature to 170C/gas 3 if the baklava looks as though it is browning too quickly.

Remove the baklava from the oven and spoon half the cooled syrup over the top. Leave for 5 minutes before pouring over the remaining syrup. Allow the baklava to cool before removing the individual pieces from the dish.

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