Traditional Greek Baklava recipe

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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.

 

Ingredients →

Filling
– 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

Syrup
– 2 & 1/2 x cups water
– 3 x cups sugar
– 2 x tablespoons honey
– 1 x tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 x cinnamon stick

Method →

– 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.