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Baklava

So, I ate it far too fast to get any photographs but it was so good I have to share the recipe!

I modified a Donna Hay recipe slightly and it turned out perfect…

Ingredients

36 sheets of filo pastry (one 375g pack is sufficient)
125g melted butter (for pastry)
3 tablespoons oil
1.5 cups chopped walnuts
1.5 cups chopped blanched almonds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (for filling)
1/3 cup brown sugar
45g softened butter (for filling)
3/4 cup water
1.5 cups white sugar
0.5 teaspoon ground cinnamon (for syrup)
1/4 cup honey (for syrup)

Method

Heat oven to 160 degrees celcius. Defrost the filo pastry. Grease a shallow, rectangular tray about 20cm by 30cm (don’t line with foil or baking paper).

Make filling by finely chopping and combining all the nuts with cinnamon, sugar and butter.

Combine butter and oil. Place a single sheet of filo into tray, and moisten with butter-oil using pasty brush. If a single sheet doesn’t fit, just tear the pastry to size, or even cover with multiple pieces of sheets so that whole tray is covered. Put another sheet down and moisten again. Build up 12 layers of sheets this way.

Spread half of the spiced nut mixture evenly across the pastry. Cover with another 12 layers of pastry, as before. Then spread the remaining half of mixture on top. Finish with the remaining 12 layers of pastry in the same way.

Cut the tray of baklava into diamonds – one set of cuts parallel to the sides, and another at an angle. Should make about 28 pieces. Put it into the oven, and bake for 1 hour. While waiting, make the syrup.

Put the sugar, water, cinnamon and honey in a saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Simmer until it forms a syrup, and then remove from heat.

After the baklava is cooked, remove and let sit for five minutes or so, then pour the syrup over.

If you’re like me and can’t wait for it to cool properly before eating make sure you don’t burn your mouth like I did!

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