Baklava Recipe from Central Asia (Eid Special Dessert – Baklava)

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Baklava Recipe from Central Asia | Eid Special Dessert – Baklava

Baklava is a delightful dessert that hails from Turkey, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. The word “baklava” was first introduced into the English language in 1650 and is thought to have roots in various languages. In Armenian, “baklava” means a nut-bearing food, and in Arabic, it’s referred to as “baklawah.” Making baklava at home is a great way to enjoy this sweet treat, and it’s a popular dessert in Central Asia, South Asia, and the Balkans.

Ingredients for Baklava:

  1. Clarified butter – 2 cups
  2. Pistachios – 1.5 cups
  3. Sugar – 1 cup
  4. Phyllo sheets – 25 sheets
  5. Crushed almonds and pistachios – 1 cup (crushed with a teaspoon of rosewater)
  6. Lemon juice – 1.5 tablespoons
  7. Water – 1 cup
  8. Lemon zest – 3 pieces

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C for 10 minutes.
  2. Cut the phyllo sheets to fit your baking dish.
  3. Brush clarified butter onto each phyllo sheet and layer them in the pan, making sure to alternate the direction of the sheets.
  4. Sprinkle the crushed nuts over the first layer of phyllo.
  5. Repeat this process until you have used up all the phyllo sheets, making sure to brush each sheet with butter.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes, cut the baklava into your desired shape.
  8. Return to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the top layer turns golden brown. Allow it to cool for 2 hours.

Now, let’s make the sugar syrup:

  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water.
  2. Bring to a boil and let it simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  3. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest, and allow it to cool.

Once the sugar syrup is cooled, pour it over the cooled baklava, and let it soak for a few hours. Baklava is now ready to be enjoyed.

Baklava is a rich and sweet pastry that pairs wonderfully with tea or coffee. It’s a special dessert that you can prepare at home, and it’s a perfect treat for gatherings and special occasions.

Feel free to adapt this recipe to your liking, and enjoy this delectable Baklava with your family.

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