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Baklava

I have been craving for Baklava for a while now. The only thing that stopped me from making this at home were the non availability of Phyllo Sheets. Though I have been toying with the idea of making Phyllo sheets at home, it was only now that I put my thoughts into action. With the Phyllo sheets in
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Desserts
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 30 piece

Ingredients
  

  • 20 Phyllo sheets
  • 1 cup Butter

For the Filling

  • 1/3 cup Cashew nuts
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup Sugar Powdered
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

For the Sugar Syrup

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice - (or more)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Orange water blossom (or Rose essence)

Instructions
 

  • For the Sugar Syrup
  • Take sugar, water and lemon juice in a pan.
  • Boil on medium heat till you get a thick syrupy consistency.
  • Add the orange blossom water or rose essence.
  • Allow to cool.
  • For the Filling
  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Place all the nuts in a baking tray and spread them evenly.
  • Roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or golden colour.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Powder the nuts.
  • Place in a bowl.
  • Add the sugar, salt, cinnamon powder and cardamom powder and mix well. Keep aside.
  • Heat butter in a pan till brown in colour.
  • Remove the scum and keep the butter aside.
  • Assembling The Baklava
  • Preheat oven to 150 C.
  • Take the phyllo sheets and trim them to fit into your baking tray.
  • Grease the baking dish with the browned butter.
  • Place a phyllo sheet. It's perfectly okay if its a bit wrinkled or torn. :)
  • Apply butter on the sheet generously.
  • Place another sheet.
  • Continue the process till 5 sheets are used up.
  • Put 1/3 cup of the filling on top of the 5th sheet.
  • Spread the filling evenly.
  • Place another sheet and butter it.
  • Continue till another 5 sheets are used up.
  • Put 1/3 cup of the filling on top of the 10th sheet.
  • Continue this process in such a way that you will have 4 layers of 5 sheets alternated with 3 layers of filling.
  • The finishing will be with the set of 5 sheets.
  • Cut into desired shape.
  • Drizzle the remaining butter on top.
  • Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or till you get a golden brown top.
  • Drizzle 3/4 th of the sugar syrup evenly all over immediately.
  • If you want more sweetness, you may add the remaining syrup.
  • Serve after the sugar syrup is absorbed completely.