Baklava Sweets Recipe

This is basically a turkish recepie..........but i make it in pakistani style................My family members love to eat baklava.... the taste and presentation is unique....and it is something different from our regular recepies..............it gives variety to our menu.............i simply love to make it and eat them..........


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INGREDIENTS:

For the Filling
2 cups (8 oz) finely chopped Almonds
1 cup (4 oz) finely chopped Walnuts
1/4 cup (2 oz ) caster (superfine) Sugar
2-3 tbsp Bread crumbs (optional. It helps to bind the filling. I dint use it in this recipe. I came to know of this trick later)
2 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground Cloves
For the syrup
2 cups (1 lb) Sugar
2 cups (16 fl oz) Water
1 stick Cinnamon
1 tbsp Lemon juIce
For the cover
150 grams (5 oz) unSalted Butter, melted


How to make Baklava Sweets



METHOD:

Place all the ingredients under 'filling' in a bowl.

Combine until blended. Meanwhile place all the ingredients for the syrup together in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, while stirring for the sugar to dissolve. Simmer for 10 minutes and leave it to cool.
Brush a 12X10 in baking dish with butter. Brush 10 sheets of filo with melted butter.
Lay them on the dish one by one.

Spread the filling in the dish.

Now top it off with further 10-12 sheets of pastry, buttering each sheet as needed. You can trim off the excess pastry hanging on the side of your baking dish. Now brush the top of the pastry with more butter.
With a sharp knife, score the top layers in large square shapes.

Bake in a preheated 160C (325F) oven for 1 hour or until the top turns golden brown. If you find that the top is turning colour too quickly, then cover the top with foil.
Remove from the oven and slowly pour the syrup over the top.

Now comes the MOST DIFFICULT part. You have got to let it sit for at least 5-6 hours for it to absorb the syrup.
After 8 hours it is completely absorb the syrup.

Posted By: farkhanda jabeen, karachi

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