Baklava باقلوا is a kind of crunchy sweet and rich pastry made with filo pastry and filled with chopped nuts such as: almonds, walnuts, pistachio and hazelnuts and spices like, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
In Iran there is drier version of baklava as well that is cooked in diamond- shaped and flavoured with rose water.
Baklava is very popular in Iran, Turkey, Greece, countries around Persian Gulf, Republic Azerbaijan, Armenia and African countries such as: Libya, Tunisia and Algeria.
- Filo pastry sheets
- 300g unsalted butter, melted
- 400g walnuts, finely chopped
- 400g almonds, finely chopped
- 1tbsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
- 1/2 tsp clove powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
Recipe for the syrup
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1tbsp lemon juice
- 1 ½tsp rose water or orange blossom
Preheat the oven to 160C.
For making sugar syrup,add water, honey, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon powder in a pot over a medium heat, Give stir, until the sugar dissolvs. Bring it to a boil and turn off the heat. Add rose water. Give a stir and let it cool.
Add cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, clove and sugar to the chopped nuts and mix together, and set aside.
Lay one sheet of filo pastry on working table and brush with melted butter. Then, spread the chopped nuts over pastry. Roll it up. Now, squeeze rolled filo as you see in photo.
Grease the baking tray and Place rolled pastry in the baking tray. Brush all rolled up pastry with melted butter. Put the tray in the preheated oven and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. Once baklava is ready, use a sharp knife and cut each filo roll into half or smaller size. Pour chilled sugar syrup over warm baklava. Garnish baklava with some nuts. Let baklava set in sugar syrup for 5-6 hours.
These sticky, nutty and flaky sweets with a cup of tea or coffee will make your day.