Paklava Dessert Recipe


Makes 16

For the paklava:

Swiss roll tin75g almonds75g pistachio nuts50g soft brown sugar�tsp cinnamon�tsp ground ginger8 sheets filo pastry75g melted unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 180C. Crush the almonds and pistachio nuts and mix together with the sugar and spices. Put a sheet of filo pastry into the tin and brush with a lot of butter. Place another sheet on top and brush with butter; repeat up to three sheets of pastry, then put half the nut mix on top.

Layer on and butter two more sheets of filo pastry as before, and then put the remaining nut mix on top. Layer on and butter the last three sheets on top of the nut mix. Score the top into a diamond pattern and put into the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden.

For the syrup:

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65g sugar2tbsp honey285ml waterJuice of 1 lemon1 cinnamon stick50g crushed pistachios

Put the sugar, honey, water, lemon and cinnamon stick into a pan and bring to the boil, then keep boiling for 10 minutes. When the paklava is out of the oven and cooled, strain and pour over the hot syrup. Sprinkle crushed pistachios over the top and cut into pieces when cold.

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