Baklava

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Indulge in the sweet, nutty layers of Baklava, a beloved Turkish pastry. This recipe layers flaky phyllo dough with a rich filling of mixed nuts, sweetened with a fragrant syrup. Each bite offers a delightful crunch, followed by the aromatic flavors of cinnamon and clove.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Serving: 20 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 1 package phyllo dough (about 16 oz), thawed
  • 2 cups mixed nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds), finely chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground clove

For the syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 strip orange peel

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the chopped nuts with ground cinnamon and clove.
  3. Place a sheet of phyllo in the prepared dish and brush with melted butter. Repeat with 8 layers of phyllo. Sprinkle a thin layer of the nut mixture.
  4. Continue layering phyllo and nuts, finishing with about 8 layers of phyllo on top. Brush the top layer with butter. Cut into diamond or square shapes.
  5. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until golden and crisp.
  6. For the syrup, combine water, sugar, honey, cinnamon stick, and orange peel in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and orange peel.
  7. Pour the hot syrup over the cooled baklava. Let it soak for at least 1 hour.

Notes:

  • Work quickly with phyllo dough as it dries out fast. Keep unused sheets covered with a damp towel.
  • You can adjust the types of nuts based on preference.

Nutritional Information

for one serving of the Baklava recipe, based on the ingredients used:

  • Calories: 304.84 kcal
  • Protein: 4.35 g
  • Fat: 19.11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.45 g

This calculation provides an approximate idea of the nutritional content for a single piece of Baklava, assuming the recipe yields 20 pieces. Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert, high in sugars and fats, which is why it’s often enjoyed as an occasional treat. Keep in mind that these values can vary based on the exact ingredients and their quantities. ​

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