A black baking tray filled with crispy filo pastry triangles

Sticky orange and ginger baklava

  • serves 12
  • Easy

This comforting autumnal-style baklava combines a filling of fresh orange zest and spices with blended walnuts and is drenched in a gloriously sticky stem ginger syrup

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Stem ginger is a fantastic ingredient to have on hand in autumn, and the syrup from the jar is just as useful as the ginger itself. Use it to make a gloriously sticky syrup for this autumnal baklava, then also check out our classic baklava, rose baklava and savoury spiced baklava.

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Ingredients

  • walnuts 300g
  • oranges 2, zested and 1 juiced
  • ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • ground cloves 1⁄2 tsp
  • ground ginger 1 tsp
  • stem ginger 3-4 balls, finely chopped, plus 50g of syrup from the jar
  • runny honey 50g
  • butter 200g, melted
  • filo pastry 2 x 270g packs
  • golden caster sugar 250g

Method

  • Step 1

    Put the walnuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped (don’t blend to a paste, you want to keep the texture). Tip into a bowl and stir in the orange zest, spices, stem ginger, honey and a pinch of salt.

  • Step 2

    Brush a little of the melted butter over the base of a 20cm x 30cm baking dish. Halve or trim the filo sheets so they’ll fit the dish, then layer half of the filo into the base, brushing each sheet with the melted butter as you stack the layers. You should have about 10-12 layers in total.

  • Step 3

    Sprinkle over the chopped nut mixture and gently smooth the surface with a spatula so it reaches the edges. Repeat step 2 with the remaining filo, layering it over the nut mixture. Brush the remaining butter over the top of the baklava. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  • Step 4

    Score squares or a diamond pattern into the top of the baklava using a sharp knife, then chill for 10 minutes to firm up. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until deeply golden and crispy on top.

  • Step 5

    When the baklava is almost ready, make the syrup. Put the caster sugar and stem ginger syrup in a pan with the orange juice and 200ml of water. Bring to a simmer over a low-medium heat and cook gently for 6-8 minutes or until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is a smooth syrup. When the baklava is cooked, immediately pour over the warm syrup. Cool to room temperature (this will allow the baklava to absorb the syrup), then cut along the scores you made earlier and serve.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 549
  • Fat 32.2g
  • Saturates 10.7g
  • Carbs 54.9g
  • Sugars 30g
  • Fibre 3.2g
  • Protein 8.3g
  • Salt 0.7g
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