Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Baklava ( sweet golash) Ramadan special!

Who isn't in love with honey drenched phillo filled with nuts?
No one I know, luckily.
Every year I make baklava for Ramadan and Eid, It's expected by the 2nd day there be a big plate of it in the kitchen or the kid and husband loose their minds.
As daunting as it may seem, baklava is probably the easiest  sweet we make. You really can't mess it up and it's so easy to add your own spin on it. Try adding chocolate powder, raisins, try different spices or coconut.


Basic Baklava~

1 package #5-#7 Phillo sheets.
1 lb walnuts or nut of choice
1cup packed light brown sugar
1tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves ( optional)
melted ghee or butter
pastry brush
Large damp kitchen towel
pizza cutter
Large baking sheet
2 cups honey or 1 cup honey and 1 cup simple syrup.

Preheat oven to 350f

Combine sugar, nuts and spice and blend in a food processor until the mix looks like large grain sand and set it to the side.
Unroll your phillo sheets and cover them with the damp kitchen towel, this is important! The sheets will dry out very fast and then are nearly impossible to use. If the sheets are too large to use on your baking sheet, use the pizza cutter to trim to size, the the cuttings! You can use them to make rolled baklava!( I'll cover that later)
Butter your baking sheet with a LOT of butter.
put down your first sheet of phillo and lightly butter it. You dont need to cover every inch but make you you get at least 65% of it.
from there you layer and butter sheets until you have half the roll laid down. Now you sprinkle your nut and sugar mix over the entire area, make you you get it all.
Follow with layering and buttering the remaining sheets.
Once you finish you use the pizza cutter to carefully cut your unbaked baklava into the shape you want.
.Sometimes the top layer will move around but it's easy to correct.
Bake at 350F for 25-30 min or until golden brown.
Once it's pulled from the over, douse it with honey.

All items can be found at my favorite Pensacola Greek and middle eastern import store Shorline
Support a local business and say no to WallyWorld!
Shoreline not only has the best prices in town but they will also order you almost ANYTHING, They rock.





*** Variation
If you have leftover trimmings~

Using the same nut mix, use a wooden spoon with a round, strait handle, lay the buttered trimming down and fold half way over the spoon handle. sprinkle a little mix at the top and roll the spoon down to cover the mix once it is all the way rolled around the spoon, carefully pull off the spoon, it should scrunch up but not tare.
Line them in a baking pan and bake as normal and drench in honey.
It's cute,different and your friend will bask in your baklava making glory!

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