Greek Baklava a la Coombe Mill

February 19, 2013 at 9:47 PMCoombeMill

An all time favourite

I had never heard of Baklava before I met Nick, then again apart from one holiday to Rhodes Island with my parents, and inter-railing as a teenager I had no real knowledge of Greece full stop. When I fell for Nick I also grew to love the country his father grow up in, from the customs and welcoming nature of the people to the wonderful food the country boasts. I am known for my sweet tooth and as such Baklava is just heaven to me. I have been disappointed with bought replicas in England so, for Nick's Big Greek Birthday Party earlier this month,  I decided that I would make my own. I was pretty sure from a Google search on recipes that I could come up with a combination that would beat the shops and indeed I did. This Greek traditional desert is actually very simple yet looks like it took hours to prepare!


Baklava Coombe Mill Style

Ingredients

180g Granulated Sugar

50g Runny HoneyBaklava Ingredients

180ml water

15 - 20 ml squeezed lemon juice (1 good size lemon)

120g butter (ideally unsalted) melted

420g Filo pastry (2 packs of filo pastry from the chiller cabinets in the supermarket is ideal)

175g pistachio nuts

250g Dried figs (if you don't like figs, dates work just as well)

Method

In a saucepan, gently heat the water, sugar and honey. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from the heat then stir in the lemon juice and set aside to cool.

Brush a shallow 20 x 30 cm baking tin with melted butter

Line the tin with 8 sheets of filo pastry brushing each sheet with the melted butter as you go.


Baklava Making


Chop the pistachio nuts into fine peices (I used a food mixer) and sprinkle over the buttered pastry layers

Layer another buttered 6 sheets of filo

Chop the figs as the nuts and sprinkle these over. Finish with another 8 sheets of buttered filo.


Adding pistachio nuts and figs to Baklava

Brush the top with any remaining butter.

Cut the Baklava into 20 peices with a sharp knife

Bake at 180degrees for 30 - 35 minutes till golden and crisp.

Pour over the syrup mix and leave to cool in the tin.

Baklava ready to cook

Serving

Delicious served alone or with Greek yogurt.

 

Finished Baklava

 

 

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