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Baklava

BAKLAVA

INGREDIENTS

Rose Water Syrup
400g (2 cups) caster sugar
240ml (1 cup) water
1 tbsp lemon juice
80ml (⅓ cup) rose water

Baklava Rolls
200g (2 cups) LUCKY ALMOND MEAL
55g (½ cup) LUCKY BLANCHED ALMONDS, roughly chopped
85g (¾ cup) LUCKY NATURAL PISTACHIOS, roughly chopped
60g (½ cup) LUCKY NATURAL CALIFORNIAN WALNUTS, roughly chopped
100g (½ cup) caster sugar
2 tsp ground cardamom
12 filo pastry sheets
180g unsalted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat fan-forced oven to 140°C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

2. To make the syrup, place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and stir over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved before bringing to the boil. Add the lemon juice, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes without stirring. Add the rose water and simmer a further 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Refrigerate until chilled.

3. To assemble the Baklava, combine all the nuts, sugar and cardamom in a bowl. Take 1 sheet of filo pastry and brush lightly with melted butter, before folding into thirds lengthwise (same as folding an A4 letter or brochure). Brush with melted butter and spread about ¼ cup of the nut mixture evenly over the filo, leaving a 1cm clean edge along one end to seal. Starting from the opposite end, roll up the pastry like a Swiss Roll and seal end with extra melted butter. Repeat
process until complete.

4. Place rolls on baking trays and brush tops with melted butter. Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Reduce temperature to 120°C fan-forced and continue baking for 30 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

5. Cut the rolls on the diagonal into 3cm lengths. Transfer to a large ceramic dish with a cut side facing up. Pour the cold syrup evenly over the rolls and leave to soak 6 hours or overnight.

Notes
• While working with the filo pastry and Baklava rolls, cover with a damp tea towel to avoid it drying out. Baklava can be stored in an airtight container for 4 days in a cool place (do not refrigerate). The crispness will gradually decrease.

PRODUCTS IN THIS RECIPE

Almond Meal
Lucky Almond Meal
Blanched Almonds
Lucky Blanched Almonds
Lucky Natural Pistachios
Lucky Natural Pistachios
Lucky Natural Californian Walnuts
Lucky Natural Californian Walnuts

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