Baklava


Here you go! Handmade Baklava! Between us, I don't think there are more pastries tastier than baklava. I'm telling you, it is dangerously delicious. Dozens of thin layers of dough brushed with melted butter, a nice thick layer of nuts in the center, and simple syrup absorbed throughout this celebration. Mamma mia!!

After hundreds of messages I received from you guys, asking me to make baklava I have prepared for you a detailed recipe for this beauty, including the filo dough. You don't have to make the dough yourself even though it is so much fun. The filling is really up to you, any nut is welcome here. I made my baklava with Turkish pistachios and they worked so well! I highly recommend you invite friends and family over to share this pleasure with you, note it is so delicious you can easily eat the whole pan by yourself. I've eaten at least half of it already.


SHALL WE???


Ingredients:


For the filo dough-

350 gr white flour

175 ml water

10 ml white vinegar

8 gr salt

Juice from half lemon

1 egg


For the filling-

250 gr nuts (I used pistachios)

200 gr butter


For the syrup-

400 ml water

300 gr sugar

Juice from half lemon


For the dusting-

50% white flour

50% corn starch


Preparation steps:


- In a bowl mix the flour, white vinegar, lemon juice, egg, salt, and water together until consolidation.



- Keep kneading the dough for another 5-7 min until the dough is smooth and beautiful.



- Cover with a towel and let the dough rest for 30 min.


- Grind the nuts finely.


- Melt the butter.


- Divide the dough into 36-40 little balls, a little bit smaller than a ping pong ball.


- Dust each ball with the dusting mix and open with a rolling pin to a pita size.



- Once you opened 10 balls, dust them well enough with the dusting mix (don't be cheap, put enough!!!) and pile them on top of each other.


- Using the rolling pin open every 10 sheets stack together to the size of the pan you are gonna use.



- Brush the pan well with the melted butter.


- Place one sheet of dough and brush with the butter. Place another sheet on top and brush. Repeat with another 15-20 sheets.



- Spread the nuts on top.


- Keep placing the sheets and brush every sheet in between.



- Once you finish layering all the sheets, place the pan to cool for 30 min in the fridge.


- In the meantime, prepare the syrup by melting the sugar in water and lemon juice.



- Using a sharp knife, cut the pan to a baklava shape.



- Bake in a preheated oven (350F or 180C) for 35 min.


- Take out from the oven and spread all the syrup on top slowly slowly. Use all the syrup.



- Let it sit for 15 min.


- Share it with your lovers! Believe me, share it with you lovers, it is so good you can finish it all alone.


- YASSS.


BenGingi.


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