Pistachio Baklava

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Lighter Pistachio Baklava: Baklava is popular across the Middle East but also in other countries and cultures preparing it with different variations. This Arabian cuisine is surely going to take you on whole different level once you taste this amazing dish! With the luxurious name this cuisine comes with a remarkable taste. And the touch of Pistachio is only to make it even better! Here is how you can make this dish by yourself!

 

You will need the following ingredients first:

 

For the Syrup:

  • ½ cup or 100 g sugar

  • 1 cup or 250 ml water

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon or 15 g cornstarch , (to thicken the syrup)

  • ½ cup water, cold, to mix with cornstarch

 

For the baklava:

  • 1 packet filo pastry, thawed if frozen

  • 1/3 or 75 g cup butter , melted

  • 1/3 cup water, hot

  • ½ cup ground almonds

  • ¼ cup or 50 g caster sugar , mixed with the ground almond

 

For the Filling:

  • 1.3 cups pistachio nuts

  • 1 tablespoon blossom water

  • 2 tablespoons rose water

  • 405 g fat free sweetened condensed milk

  • 5 slices toast bread, crust removed

 

Preparation:

 

To prepare the syrup: Add sugar and 1 cup of water to a saucepan. Bring to boil and simmer for 6-8 minutes. Dissolve the 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in the remaining ½ cup of cold water then add to it the lemon juice. Add the cornstarch mixture to the simmering sugar and water, stir constantly on heat for 2 min until syrup thickens, and set aside to cool.

 

To prepare the filling: Combine all ingredients for the filling in a blender; beat until well combined and set aside.

 

To prepare the baklava: Grease a 30cm x 20cm oven tray, place 1 sheet of filo pastry, brush with butter and repeat the same with 5 more sheets. Carefully spoon the filling all over the pastry. Place 1 sheet of filo pastry to cover the filling, brush with butter and sprinkle with a little of almond mixture. Top with another sheet. Sprinkle with little almond mixture and repeat method with the remaining sheets. Brush the surface with melted butter, then cut parallel lines through pastry and filling to get diamond shaped pieces. Bake in a 185°C preheated hot oven for 25-30 minutes or until it becomes golden color. Pour the cool syrup over the baklava as soon as it comes out of the oven.

 

So, here! You now have the recipe of 3 maginificent delicious food items. These dishes are not only for iftar and can be served at anytime as snacks and desserts! Both the children and adults love these dishes! Hope you will able to successfully make and cheer up the mind of your dear ones with the taste!

 

So, what are you waiting for?

 

 

Author: Ishan Hasnat

photo source: shopsablee.com

Published in: iulie 2014
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