Baklava is a traditional and rich Greek dessert made with layers of phyllo pastry, which are filled with chopped walnuts and then drenched in a lemon syrup.
- 750 grams fillo pastry
- 3 cups chopped walnuts
- 400 grams unsalted butter
- 1 x cup sugar
- 1 x teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 x teaspoon ground cloves
- cloves to garnish
- 2 & 1/2 x cups water
- 3 x cups sugar
- 2 x tablespoons honey
- 1 x tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 x cinnamon stick
- Melt butter and lightly grease your baking dish.
- Combine chopped walnuts, sugar, ground cinnamon and ground cloves in a bowl and mix all together.
- Layer one third of pastry packet, brushing each sheet with melted butter.
- Sprinkle half of your nut mixture over the fillo.
- Layer next third of the fillo, again brushing each sheet with melted butter.
- Sprinkle the remaining nut mixture on top of second layer of fillo.
- Continue layering the remaining fillo, brushing each sheet with butter.
- Cut into diamond shapes, cutting all the way through to the base. Place clove on top of each piece.
- Pour remaining butter on top.
- Place in 180 degrees celsius pre-heated oven and bake for around 1 hour or until golden brown.
- In the meantime place all ingredients for syrup in a small saucepan and bring to boil- for around 10 minutes, or until it becomes slightly sticky.
- Allow baklava to cool and then pour syrup over baklava.
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