Baklava

With a rich nut filling, sweet, with a honey aroma and, most importantly, very soft inside!

You will need:

Dough:

1 egg
75 gr unsalted butter (melted)
1 1/4 Cup milk*
2.5 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling:

300 gr walnuts
150 gr sugar
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For impregnation and lubrication:

100 gr unsalted butter (melted)
1 egg
sugar syrup (250g sugar, 1/4 Cup water + 3 tbsp of honey)

* 1 Cup = 240 ml

This baklava I cooked in a round shape with 23 cm in diameter. Make a high baklava filling enough, but remained slightly less than half of the test. Therefore we can take shape a little more, but to increase the amount of filling.

How to prepare:

1. Dough:
The milk is slightly warm, so it was warm (but not hot!). Pour into a small bowl, add the sugar and dissolve the yeast. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
In the deep form sift the flour with the salt. Add the egg and oil, stir slightly and enter the milk with yeast. Knead the dough and knead it until smooth for about 5-6 minutes (it’s almost not stick to your hands).
To shift back into the form and put in a warm place to rise for 45 min — 1 hour. During this time it will double.
To prepare the filling.

2. Filling:
Nuts are finely chopped. You can do this in a blender or food processor, but the main thing is not to overdo and not to turn them into flour. They must be small, but still distinguishable grains. To displace sugar and spices.

3. Ready and punch down the risen dough, roll in flour and divide into 9 parts, one of them to do a little more than others.
Baking dish thoroughly lubricated with melted butter. Roll out the dough very thinly (1 mm) covered with flour the surface and migrate into shape. The hanging edge to carefully cut along the shape of the bottom wall should be clean. The dough is lightly oiled. Roll out one portion of dough and spread on first.** Sprinkle with 3-4 tbsp of the filling
**Two part test requires only the bottom layer, so that after baking baklava crumble and did not break at the bottom.

4. Repeat until the filling will not stay on 1 layer. (Eventually you might get more than 9 layers, because the dough still remains, so it is easier to navigate by eye). When the filling over, roll large portion of dough (from the original nine parts) slightly thicker than the previous one, 2-3 mm. move it to the baklava and close, tamped the sides and cutting off the excess from the edges (if remain). Grease the top lightly with beaten egg and cut in the traditional shape of diamonds. It should be cut just before reaching the bottom so that the bottom layer is not damaged (otherwise, in the baking process, it may start to burn oil). Each rhombus in the centre put half of a walnut, lightly pressing it into the dough.

5. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 355 F
Put the baklava to be baked 10 minutes. Then to get it again to «walk» with a knife along the incisions, and evenly pour them in oil. It is quite convenient to do a cooking brush, just pouring the cuts. Put back in oven and bake until done (until the baklava will not become saturated Golden color)

6. For sugar syrup: sugar, water and mix honey in a small saucepan and cook, stirring, over low heat for 10 minutes.

7. Ready to get baklava from the oven, check again the knife all the incisions and showering them with sugar syrup. Allow to cool and leave for impregnation for the night. The next day slice and serve.baklava

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