Greek Baklava

Greek Baklava, with walnuts and pistachios – one of the most famous Mediterranean dish.

For the baklava:
30 sheets of phyllo dough
500g (17 oz.) walnuts, chopped (or a mix of walnuts, pistachios and almonds)
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp grounded clove
1 tsp sugar
300g butter, melted (10 oz.)
some whole cloves for garnish (optional)

For the syrup:
650g sugar (23 oz.)
400g water (14 oz.)
80g glucose or honey (2.8 oz.)
zest of 1 lemon or orange
1 cinnamon stick

To prepare this baklava recipe, start by melting the butter in a saucepan over low heat, being careful not to burn it. Using a cooking brush butter the bottom and sides of a baking pan. (For this baklava recipe you will need a large baking pan approx. 40*30cm). Begin by layering the sheets of phyllo on the bottom of the baking dish to form the base of the baklava. Layer the sheets one at a time, making sure to sprinkle each one with melted butter.

In a large bowl, mix the chopped nuts, the sugar, the cinnamon and grounded clove. Sprinkle the nut mixture over the phyllo base and continue forming the top of the baklava. Top the nuts with the rest phyllo sheets, sprinkling each one with melted butter and brush the top of the baklava with enough butter.

Place the baklava in the fridge for 15 minutes to make it easier to cut into pieces. Remove the baklava from the fridge and using a sharp knife cut the cut the pastry all the way down into pieces. If you fancy the taste of clove, place one whole clove berry into the middle of each baklava piece and sprinkle the top with some cold water.

Place the baklava in preheated oven at 150C on the lower rack (both top and bottom heating elements on) and bake for about 1 hour 30 minutes, until all the phyllo layers are crisp and golden.

Prepare the syrup for the baklava. Into a small pot mix all the ingredients for the syrup and bring to the boil. Boil fro about 2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. As soon as the baklava is ready, ladle slowly the hot syrup over the hot baklava, enabling it to be absorbed.

Let the baklava cool down completely and serve after the syrup is absorbed.

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