Baklava is one of my all time favourite sweets and it’s super easy to make at home.
It’s perfect for parties and family gathering and any event you are invited to and required to bring a plate of goodness.
375g packet of Filo pastry
150g melted unsalted butter
2 cups of nuts of your choice (I use 1 cup of walnuts and 1 of almonds)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of water
1 tablespoon of honey
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Preheat oven to 175c fan forced and melt the butter in the microwave.
Blitz the nuts and cinnamon in a food processor and set aside.
Cut your filo pastry to fit your square cake or slice tin and divide into two even amounts. Half will be for the base and the other for the top.
Add two sheets of pastry to the tray and using a pastry brush generously (but not drown) with melted butter. Repeat layering 2 sheets of pastry and then butter until the first half of pastry is complete, and top with the nut mixture pressing down firmly. Repeat with remaining filo and butter layers, brush the top layer with butter, cut into diamonds, and into the oven for 55 minutes.
When the baklava has been baking for 40 minutes it’s time to make the syrup. Add the water, sugar honey & lemon to a small sauce pan and gently bring to the boil. Turn it down as low as you can and let it gently simmer (stirring occasionally) until the baklava is ready. Remove the tray from the oven and carefully pour the hot syrup over the baklava (the sizzle is amazing) and leave overnight.
Inhale the goodness.