You may have a feeling that Baklava is not easy to make! Try it once, and you would see that it is actually otherwise. And fun, too.
I will try to show you here how you can have baklava done at home. I guarantee you that you would love it. Enjoy it with family and friends, take it to potluck get-together or simply have it with tea, which is ooooh-so-nice.
This version is lighter than most. I had cut the sugar as it still works perfectly well even with almost half its suggested amount in many recipes available.
250g Phyllo pastry
½ cup icing sugar
2/3 cup pistachio nuts
2/3 cups almonds
¼ cup butter softened
For the syrup:
1 cup white sugar
½ cup water
2 tbsp juice of fresh lemon
¼ tsp cinnamon powder
A pinch of clover powder (optional)
Mix icing sugar and nuts in a bowl.
Cut phyllo pastry the same size as the baking pan you are using.
Place two sheets of phyllo pastry onto the pan.
Brush with butter.
Sprinkle generously with nuts and sugar mixture.
Cover with two sheets of phyllo pastry, brush with butter, sprinkle with nuts; then repeat the process ending with phyllo pastry and butter. Cut using a small knife to your desired sizes (you can be creative here).
Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes.
While baklava is baking, prepare the syrup by bringing water and sugar to boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and add the rest of the ingredients. Let cool.
Pour cooled syrup onto hot baklava.