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South African Baklava Recipe

Meal Type :  Dessert
Cuisine ​: Middle Eastern

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PREP TIME

00:30

COOKING TIME

00:40

Ingredients

1
1 packet phyllo pastry (about 400g), thawed if frozen
2
250g melted butter
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250g chopped mixed nuts (such as almonds, pistachios, and walnuts)
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1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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1 cup sugar
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1 cup water
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Juice of 1 lemon
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1 cinnamon stick
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1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Method

1
Prepare the Syrup:
2
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, lemon juice, cinnamon stick, and vanilla essence. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes until the syrup slightly thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
3
Prepare the Nut Filling:
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In a bowl, mix together the chopped nuts and ground cinnamon. Set aside.
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Assemble the Baklava:
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Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
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Brush a baking dish (about 9x13 inches) with melted butter.
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Lay one sheet of phyllo pastry in the dish and brush with melted butter. Repeat with about 5-6 layers of pastry, brushing each layer with butter.
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Sprinkle a thin layer of the nut mixture evenly over the pastry.
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Layering:
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Continue layering phyllo sheets and butter, then sprinkling nut mixture until all nuts are used, finishing with a top layer of phyllo pastry (about 5-6 layers).
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Cutting and Baking:
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Using a sharp knife, cut the baklava into diamond or square shapes. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
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Final Steps:
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Once baklava is baked, remove from the oven and immediately pour the cooled syrup over the hot pastry. Ensure that the syrup covers evenly. Allow the baklava to cool completely in the dish before serving.
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Serve:
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Serve the baklava at room temperature. Enjoy the delicious South African twist on this classic dessert!

SERVES HOW MANY

24

YIELD

24

Chef's note

This recipe yields a sweet and nutty baklava with a South African flair, perfect for enjoying with tea or coffee.

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