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Salted honey baklava

Baklava

Published: September 7, 2021 at 10:25 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Makes 20 squares

Try our version of baklava, drenched it in a salted honey sauce. This sweet and sticky filo pastry treat comes packed with four types of nut, cardamom and cinnamon

Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal285
fat15.7g
saturates5.3g
carbs29.3g
sugars13.8g
fibre2g
protein5.6g
salt0.7g
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Try our sweet baklava recipe and check out our savoury spiced baklava.

Ingredients

FILLING

  • 50g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 50g almonds, finely chopped
  • 150g pistachios, finely chopped
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 100g melted unsalted butter, plus extra for the tin
  • 2 x 270g packs filo sheets, trimmed to fit the tin

SYRUP

  • 70g unsalted butter
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 200ml runny honey
  • 1 lemon, zested and 1/2 juiced
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes, plus extra to serve
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. To make the syrup, melt the butter and sugar in a pan and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Add the honey and simmer for a few more minutes. Pour in 250ml of water, the lemon juice and zest, salt and the orange juice and zest. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the syrup has thickened slightly.

  • STEP 2

    Add all the chopped nuts, ground almonds, cinnamon, cardamom and 50g of the melted butter to a bowl and mix.

  • STEP 3

    To assemble the baklava, brush a 20cm x 30cm deep baking dish with melted butter. Brush 4 of the filo sheets with melted butter then layer up in the bottom of the dish. Add 1/3 of the filling mix, top with another 4 sheets of buttered filo and add another 1/3 of the mix. Top with another 4 buttered sheets, then the remaining mixture and finish with a final layer of 4 buttered sheets.

  • STEP 4

    Using a sharp knife, gently cut a classic criss-cross baklava pattern into the pastry all the way through to the bottom layer. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the baklava is deep golden and crisp. Remove the baklava from the oven and drizzle over the salted honey syrup, then put back in the oven for a further 5 minutes to crisp up. Top with extra sea salt and leave to cool before serving.

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