Turkish Pistachio Baklava Recipe - Rich Protein Recipes
Most baklava fans are familiar with Greek-style baklava which often features honey as the main sweetening ingredient. Turkish baklava is sweetened with "şerbet" (share-BET'), a light syrup made from sugar, water and lemon juice. This makes Turkish baklava much lighter and crispier than most Greek or Middle Eastern-style varieties.
In every Turkish pastry shop, supermarket and household, you'll find endless varieties of baklava made with walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and more, all in shapes and sizes you'd never dream of. Squares, diamonds, rolls and spirals.
For the Filling
- 2 cups (8 oz) finely chopped almonds
- 1 cup (4 oz) finely chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup (2 oz ) caster (superfine) sugar
- 2-3 tbsp bread crumbs (optional. It helps to bind the filling. I dint use it in this recipe. I came to know of this trick later)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
For the syrup
- 2 cups (1 lb) sugar
- 2 cups (16 fl oz) water
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
For the cover
- 150 grams (5 oz) unsalted butter, melted
- 12 oz packet filo pastry (375g) (see how to make Phyllo dough from scratch here)
- Place all the ingredients under 'filling' in a bowl.
- Combine until blended. Meanwhile place all the ingredients for the syrup together in a saucepan and bring it to a boil, while stirring for the sugar to dissolve. Simmer for 10 minutes and leave it to cool.
- Brush a 12X10 in baking dish with butter. Brush 10 sheets of filo with melted butter.
- Lay them on the dish one by one.
- Spread the filling in the dish.
- Now top it off with further 10-12 sheets of pastry, buttering each sheet as needed. You can trim off the excess pastry hanging on the side of your baking dish. Now brush the top of the pastry with more butter.
- With a sharp knife, score the top layers in large diamond shapes.
- Bake in a preheated 160C (325F) oven for 1 hour or until the top turns golden brown. If you find that the top is turning color too quickly, then cover the top with foil.
- Remove from the oven and slowly pour the syrup over the top.
- Now comes the MOST DIFFICULT part. You have gotta to let it sit for at least 5-6 hours for it to absorb the syrup.