Baklava is quite possibly one of the most delicious foods ever. Well, I suppose we think that about a lot of food, because simply put: we love cooking. And eating. But the sweet nutty flavor with the flaky pastry is just… perfection.
Ahem. Anyway, I’m sure you share our love for Baklava, so I’m going to help you out with sharing our recipe with you! We’ve made it time and time again, and it’s always a crowd pleaser.
375g (1 packet) filo pastry
180g butter, melted & cooled
2 tsp water
150g unsalted pistachios
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 lemon, rind and juice
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spread the walnuts on a baking tray and lightly toast in oven for 5-8 minutes. Combine toasted walnuts, pistachios, caster sugar and cinnamon in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
Use a shallow cake tin and brush with melted butter. Take 1/3 of the filo, brush top sheet with butter, fold into thirds and place in the base of the tin. Brush surface with butter.
Spread half of the nut filling over the filo, add another 1/3 of filo (same as before) and repeat process.
Use a sharp knife and cut a diamond pattern into the top layer of filo and sprinkle with water. Bake for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and cook for 45 minutes longer.
In a small pot, heat up sugar, lemon rind (finely grated) and honey. Reduce slightly. Pour over baklava while still hot and set aside to cool completely.