Wish you all a very Happy Diwali. 🙂 I am so excited that Diwali is just two days away and my home is already full of sweets. Traditional indian sweets including Ladoo, Burfi and many more took over the markets. This festival I decided to make something special which is little different from other traditional sweets but full of unique flavors. Famous all around the world, this sweet is one of my favorites and filled with nutty flavor, crunchy, sweet and soft from inside and dipped in delicious honey syrup
Yes, you guessed it right… Its BAKLAVA. A big thanks to one of our friends who introduced me to Baklava 😀 and i have loved it ever since 🙂
This middle eastern delicacy doesn’t need an introduction since it has already won millions of hearts. This delicacy is one of my all time favorite and is the third dessert recipe for this festive season. BAKLAVA is just perfect for any occasion and on top of my sweets list this Diwali. You can store this sweet exquisite for a long time( approximate 15 days in refrigerator ) and can relish whenever you want. On the occasion of this festive season, I decided to give it a fusion flavors – traditional nuts with Indian Gulkand.
Gulkand is made from Rose petals & Sugar and this mixture is really aromatic and so popular in indian sweets.
I’ve been a big fan of Gulkand since my childhood days and decided to give another level to my Baklava with fusion flavors. 🙂 I tried so many times and got so much compliments for my homemade Baklava…. I always made it in very traditional way but decided to give it a little twist this time. Traditionally Pastry sheets are filled with nuts & sugar but I am adding Gulkand with minimal use of sugar.
So here I start with the ingredients for Baklava – ->
Serves : (3-4 People)
Preparation time : 45 mins including thaw process of fillo sheets
Baking time: 30 – 40 mins.
For Baklava :
- Fillo sheets – 1 Roll packet
- walnuts powder – 1/2 Cup
- Gulkand – 3/4 Cup
- cinnamon powder – 1 Tsp
- Sugar – 3-4 Tbsp
- Butter – 1 Stick for brushing the fillo sheets
- Oven safe dish
- A pastry brush
- Water – 1/2 Cup
- Honey – 1/2 Cup
- Lemon juice – 1 Tbsp
- cinnamon powder -1 Tsp
- Start by thawing your Fillo roll at room temperature.
- Now, grind 1/2 cup walnuts in powder and keep aside.
- Melt 1 stick of butter and keep in a bowl.
- Mix walnut powder, Gulkand, Cinnamon powder & Sugar and keep aside.
- Spread the fillo sheets one by one in oven safe dish with little butter spread. (Approx 5-6 sheets in one step)
- Now, spread some walnut, gulkand, cinnamon & sugar mix on top of brush fillo sheets.
- Repeat these steps until your oven safe dish is filled with Fillo sheets layers & Walnut, Gulkand mixture with butter.
- Preheat your oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put your Baklava in oven for 30 – 40 mins OR until baklava is golden brown color.
- While your Baklava is in the oven, start making honey syrup.
- Take 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup water, lemon juice & cinnamon powder in a sauce pan and cook it until you get a little thick consistency.
- Switch off the flame and keep aside this syrup.
- In a little time, your Baklava is ready. Pour the prepared honey syrup on top of the baked Baklava and let it site for 2-3 hours.
Believe me this is one of the best sweet option for this festive season. Relish this crunchy Baklava with Indian traditional flavors. Happy & Safe Diwali friends & Celebrate this festival with this exquisite sweet.
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