Baklava

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I adapted this baklava recipe from one that I found here. I found the original called for a little too much butter for my taste (pfffft) and the pistachios were a welcome addition. The flavour of the thyme honey was delicious.

Baklava

1 standard jar of Greek honey, missing a couple of tablespoons (yeah, sorry)
¼ pint water
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch lemon zest (very finely chopped)
1 pinch orange zest (very finely chopped)
½ tbsp lemon juice
200g walnuts, coarsely ground
100g almonds, coarsely ground
75g pistachios, coarsely ground
2 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp nutmeg
6oz unsalted butter, melted
400g filo pastry
Cloves, for studding
20cm cake tin (I used spring form and this worked well).

Preheat your oven to 200°C

-In a saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the honey and water, stirring until you have a syrup.
-Add the lemon juice, the zests and the cinnamon stick and cook over a medium heat until the syrup begins to thicken slightly.
-Remove the cinnamon stick and allow the syrup to cool while you assemble the baklava.
-In a bowl, combine the nuts, remaining spices and 3tbsp of the melted butter.
-Add a good layer of filo to the bottom of the pan, brushing each with melted butter before adding the next (I found around 10 sheets did it). Allow some of the sheets to drape over the edge of the tin as you will fold these over at the next stage.
-Put around 1/3 of the nuts in, put another layer of filo on, again brushing with butter as if your life depended on it.
-Repeat this until you have 3 layers, and have covered the top with filo. Then pour the remaining butter over (yes, all of it) and score into diamonds with a sharp knife.
-Stud each diamond with a clove and bake for around 30-40 minutes until golden brown and smelling divine.
-Allow the baklava to cool for 10 minutes before spooning over the syrup and leaving to rest, preferably overnight but at least a few hours (no, I couldn’t wait either – I tucked in after a mere hour, but trust me, it really is better if you wait).

 

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  1. I was actually looking for a pancake recipe due to not being able to make pancakes for my daughter on shrove tuesday, the recipe above makes me want to do 2 things, give up my diet and go book a bed and breakfast vacation on Greece or Turkey. I love english food but foreign cuisine seems to cover a greater spectrum for the pallet, I think though the nearest I will get though is to cook the above recipe, eat, sleep and then dream of sunny days.

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