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Homemade Baklava

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Today, at besties, we bring you a middle eastern dessert called Baklava, which is made with buttered layer of filo sheets and nuts of your choice, I have used almonds, walnuts and pistachios…you can work around with any choice of nuts or a combination according to your taste and, I strongly recommend pistachios for the wonderful green color they bring to the dessert.

The most tricky part while making baklava is working with the filo sheets, which are very thin like tissue-paper. Some of the tips for the filo sheets:

  • Defrost your filo according to the instructions on the packet, put it in the fridge a night before you plan to make baklava or defrost it at room temperature for about 1hr 30mins.
  • Filo sheets are easily ripped because of how thin they are, but that’s ok. You can use the ripped sheets in between layers and it won’t show.
  • Try working with 2-3 sheets at once, that makes the handling easier as there is no need to butter every layer.
  • Keep the sheets near to your baking area so that you need not transport very far once you start using.

Baklava tastes best after it sits for a while, so it’s perfectly fine to prepare it a day before you plan to serve it.

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Baklava
Baklava is a traditional Turkish sweet pastry often eaten as a dessert. It is made of thin filo sheet layers filled with nuts, pistachios, walnuts which is then sweetened with sugar syrup or honey.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 40-50 minutes
Servings
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10-15 minutes
Cook Time 40-50 minutes
Servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Trim filo pastry sheets according to the tray.*
  3. Grease an aluminium tray with butter and place 2-3 sheets on it. Apply butter over the sheets again and repeat the process till you complete layering 10 sheets.
  4. Sprinkle walnuts over it and drizzle some butter. Repeat step 3 by layering again with 10 filo sheets with butter in between.
  5. Sprinkle almonds over it, drizzle some butter and repeat step 3 with 10 more sheets.
  6. In the last layer, sprinkle the pistachios and repeat step 3 by using all the sheets left.
  7. Now, cut into shapes (diamond or square), apply some butter and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 25-30 minutes till the pastry turns golden brown.
  8. Till it's baking, heat a deep nonstick pan, add sugar, 1 cup water and juice of half a lemon.**
  9. Stir till sugar dissolves and cook till it thickens.
  10. Pour the sugar syrup over the baked sheets and let rest for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Garnish with chopped Pistachios (optional). Serve.
Recipe Notes

* Filo sheets are very thin, so make sure you trim some of the sheets together with a sharp knife instead of trimming single sheet.

** You can also use honey instead of the sugar syrup.

 


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27 thoughts on “Homemade Baklava

  1. This is an interesting dish to me as I have never tried making it before. Been to Turkey many years ago and tried Baklava in Turkey and love it for the first bite. Now, I guess it is the right time to give it a go and do a self made Baklava.

  2. This is an interesting dish to me as I have never tried making it before. Been to Turkey many years ago and tried Baklava in Turkey and love it for the first bite. Now, I guess it is the right time to give it a go .

  3. I love a good baklava. When it’s good, it’s amazing. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find one that has the right level of moisture. I’ll have to give this one a try!

  4. I haven’t heard this Baklava but it looks yummy and delicious. Thank you for sharing this great recipe, can’t wait to make this at home.

  5. I have never attempted bakalava, not sure if I’ve ever had it either come to think of it, but it looks amazing! I’m definitely saving this recipe for later!

  6. Baklava has always been one of the best desserts, have had in of the buffets in a hotel in Mumbai. Good now i have recipe, will find filo pastry sheets to make those rest all the ingredients are there. Thanks

  7. After having baklava in one of the buffets in hotel in Mumbai, have become fan of it. Now I have recipe to make the same will try get hold of filo pastry and try as all the other ingredients are there @ home, thanks.

  8. I ate at Greek Isles in Chicago a ton with my family as a child, and Baklava was always my favorite. I am totally going to make this, this looks stunning!

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