Recipe

Easy baklava

This Mediterranean dessert features layers of flaky filo pastry and mixed nuts drizzled with a sweet honey and lemon syrup. It's the perfect 3pm pick-me-up alongside a cuppa.

  • 25 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Makes 16
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Ingredients

Easy baklava
  • 3 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 125 gram butter
  • 16 sheets filo pastry
Syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 strips lemon zest
  • 5 whole cloves

Method

Easy baklava
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, combine walnuts, pistachios, almonds, sugar, cinnamon and mixed spice.
  • 3
    In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Layer 4 sheets filo on a board, brushing each with butter. Trim to fit an 18 x 28cm slice pan. Arrange in pan. Spread over 1/3 of filling. Repeat layers, finishing with a pastry layer. Trim pastry. Brush with butter. Using a small, sharp knife, score pastry into triangles. Bake for 25-30 minutes until crisp.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, to make the syrup; in a medium saucepan, stir water, caster sugar, honey, lemon zest and cloves on low until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, not stirring, for 10 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove zest and cloves. Cool slightly.
  • 5
    Pour syrup over hot slice. Cool. Cut into diamonds to serve.

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