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BAKLAVA

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45 min

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2,561,258 views  Today, we're delving into a honey-soaked dessert that spans cultures and continents: baklava. A flaky, layered pastry of nuts, honey, and butter, I'm sorry I can't type anymore I'm actively drooling.

8 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Syrup

For the Syrup

granulated sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

honey

1 cup honey

water

1 cup water

lemon, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

cinnamon

2 sticks cinnamon

For the Pistachio Baklava

For the Pistachio Baklava

pistachio, de shelled

2 cups pistachio, de shelled

ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground cinnamon

white sugar

3 tbsp white sugar

unsalted butter, melted

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

phyllo dough

½ lb phyllo dough

For the Hazelnuts Baklava

For the Hazelnuts Baklava

hazelnuts

450 g hazelnuts

dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

350 g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

Sugar

⅔ cup Sugar

ground cinnamon

1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon

phyllo dough

½ lb phyllo dough

melted butter

1 cup melted butter

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Syrup

1.

Combine granulated sugar, honey, water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until thickened and reduced, about 12 minutes.

granulated sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

honey

1 cup honey

water

1 cup water

2.

Once homogenous, kill the heat and add sliced lemon and cinnamon sticks.

lemon, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

cinnamon

2 sticks cinnamon

3.

Set aside at room temperature until ready to use. (The syrup should be at room temperature and still pourable when ready to use; if cooled too much, reheat slightly.)

4.

For the Pistachio Filling

1.

Start by deshelling pistachios (or buy the de-shelled pistachios).

pistachio, de shelled

2 cups pistachio, de shelled

2.

In a food processor, mix together the pistachio, cinnamon, and sugar. Set aside.

pistachio, de shelled

2 cups pistachio, de shelled

ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground cinnamon

white sugar

3 tbsp white sugar

3.

For the Pistachio Assembly

1.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with some of the melted butter.

2.

Place a layer of phyllo in the bottom of the dish, cover with another layer, and brush the top with butter. Add another layer (2 sheets), brushing the top with butter, and then another layer, brushing the top with butter until you have a stack 3 sheets high. Spread 1/3 of the filling evenly over the phyllo.

phyllo dough

½ lb phyllo dough

unsalted butter, melted

1 cup unsalted butter, melted

3.

Layer and butter another 3 sheets in the same way. Spread another 1/3 of the filling over it. Layer and butter another 3 sheets in the same way and spread with the final third of the filling, so that you wind up with 3 nut layers.

4.

Top the final nut layer with the remaining 6 filo sheets, buttering every other one as above. Finally, brush the top layer of filo with butter. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.

5.

With a sharp knife, cut through all the layers down to the bottom of the dish, making 16 to 18 diamonds or 1 1/2-inch square sections. Place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes.

6.

While still warm, pour the syrup in between the cuts and around the edges of the sections, taking care to avoid the top or else it will get soggy. Set aside at room temperature until completely cool.

7.

To serve, lift out the pieces as outlined. Serve right away or cover and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

8.

For the Hazelnut Baklava

1.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until the skins are blistered; let cool.

hazelnuts

450 g hazelnuts

2.

Transfer the nuts to a kitchen towel and rub off the skins, then transfer to a food processor along with the chocolate, sugar, and the cinnamon to the food processor and pulse until the chocolate and nuts are finely chopped and the same size.

dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

350 g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped

ground cinnamon

1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon

Sugar

⅔ cup Sugar

3.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Brush the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with some of the melted butter.

4.

Place a layer of phyllo in the bottom of the dish, cover with another layer, and brush the top with butter. Add another layer (2 sheets), brushing the top with butter, and then another layer, brushing the top with butter until you have a stack 6 sheets high. Spread 1/3 of the filling evenly over the phyllo.

phyllo dough

½ lb phyllo dough

melted butter

1 cup melted butter

5.

Layer and butter another 6 sheets in the same way. Spread another 1/3 of the filling over it. Layer and butter another 6 sheets in the same way and spread with the final third of the filling, so that you wind up with 3 nut layers.

6.

Top the final nut layer with the remaining 6 filo sheets, buttering every other one as above. Finally, brush the top layer of filo with butter. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.

7.

With a sharp knife, cut through all the layers down to the bottom of the dish, making 16 to 18 diamonds or 1 1/2-inch square sections. Place in the oven and bake at 350°F for 25 minutes then drop the temperature to 300°F and bake for an additional 45 minutes..

8.

While still warm, pour the syrup in between the cuts and around the edges of the sections, taking care to avoid the top or else it will get soggy. Set aside at room temperature until completely cool (4 hours).

9.

To serve, lift out the pieces as outlined. Serve right away or cover and store at room temperature for up to 5 days.

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