During one of the conversations with our recently met friend, we found out that one of his favourite desserts is baklava. We delved into the subject and found out that baklava is a dish of traditional Greek cuisine. One important aspect is that baklava is easy to prepare. It consists of phyllo dough, layered with nuts with honey or sugar syrup. Usually they are walnuts, but baklava with hazelnuts or even almonds are also common. The dough made is sticky but also crispy on the top.
~ 400 g of wheat flour
~ 6 g of salt
~ 330 ml of water heated to 50ºC
~ 30 ml of olive oil
~ potato starch for dusting
How to make?
We mix flour, water and salt. When the ingredients are combined, pour in the olive oil and continue to mix. Mix for 3-4 minutes until everything is combined. It will be soft, slightly sticky, and will come off the bowl a little. Put the dough on the top sprinkled with potato flour. Make a ball. Divide the ball into smaller pieces, about 60 g each, also form them into balls. Place them on a baking tray sprinkled with starch, a few centimeters apart. Cover them with foil and leave them in a cool room for 1.5-2 hours.
Lightly sprinkle the pastry board with flour. Place one piece of phyllo dough in the center. Roll it out into a circle with a diameter of 14-16 cm. From this moment on, we place our hands under the dough and carefully stretch it with the backs of our hands, taking care not to let it break. It is important to sprinkle starch underneath. The dough is ready when it is about 0.5 mm thick.
When the dough sheet is ready, cover it with foil so that it does not dry out. Then prepare the next sheets of dough in this way, put them on top of each other after sprinkling the previous one with starch, at the end cover with a towel or foil. The excess starch in the dough can be removed with a brush.
How to make a baklava?
~ 500 g of walnuts
~ 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
~ ¼ cup of sugar
~ 300 g of clarified butter, melted
~ finely chopped pistachios for decoration
~ 3/4 glasses of water
~ 1 teaspoon of orange blossom water
First, prepare the syrup. Pour water into a small pot, add sugar and orange blossom water. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Simmer until a syrup is obtained (about 10 minutes). Set aside to cool. Put the nuts, cinnamon and sugar in a food processor or blender) and mix until the nuts are finely chopped
Prepare a mold with dimensions of 23 x 30 cm. Brush with butter. Working with one piece of dough), place it on the bottom of the mold and brush with butter using a brush. Put another piece of phyllo dough on it and brush it with butter again. There should be layers of filo pastry on the bottom, each smeared with butter. Then put half of the prepared nuts, align. Put 4 sheets of phyllo dough on top of the nuts, brush each with butter. Place the rest of the nuts in turn and align. Cover the nuts with 12 sheets of phyllo dough, each separately greased with butter, including the top layer. With a sharp knife, cut the dough into diamonds, squares or triangles, cutting it almost to the bottom layer. Bake at 140ºC for about 2 hours, until the dough is golden. Take out the dough and pour it with evenly cooled syrup. Garnish with finely chopped pistachios. Set aside to cool.
Enjoy your meal!