Baklava Recipe

Baklava Recipe

Ingredients: Makes 24

450 g/1 lb/2 cups caster (superfine) sugar
300 ml/0.5 pt water
5 ml/1 tsp lemon juice
30 ml/2 tbsp rose water
350 g/12 oz/1.5 cups unsalted (sweet) butter, melted
450 g/1 lb filo pastry (paste)
675 g/1.5 lb/6 cups almonds, finely chopped

Method:

To make the syrup, dissolve the sugar in the water over a low heat, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice and bring to the boil. Boil for 10 minutes until syrupy, then add the rose water and leave to cool, then chill.


Brush a large roasting tin with melted butter. Layer half the sheets of filo in the tin, brushing each one with butter. Fold up the edges to hold in the filling. Spread the almonds over the top. Continue to layer the remaining pastry, brushing each sheet with melted butter. Brush the top generously with butter. Cut the pastry into lozenge shapes about 5 cm/2 in wide. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/ gas mark 4 for 25 minutes until crisp and golden. Pour the cool syrup over the top, then leave to cool.

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