New year day!!! For me, it always started with a visit to temple, wishing family a happy new year, visiting family n relatives on the same day, eating lots of munchies/sweets, welcoming many guests during the day n much more… Naaah, I wasn’t expecting anything out of these here :P But yes, it was one of the best evenings in duration of this 1 year :)
Let me shout out loud, I received my visa on this day a year back… So it was definitely super-special last year!!! But being here, you can never expect to have same Diwali celebration like home :( Still to get all positive vibes of being surrounded by family, we planned inviting friends over dinner! As it’s going to be a public holiday the next day (i.e. today), everyone was in for a Diwali celebration :) And you already know, I never get tired of cooking… I made pavbhaji, tawa pulao for dinner n a mocha cake for dessert! But as I’m not having a big sweet tooth, I was wondering what to make for sweets!!! Have had a pack of phyllo pastry sitting idle, so decided to try out baklava for the 1st time… Had it several times before but never got to make in-house! What else can be the best day to experiment on friends??!!! ;) And believe me, it was a pretty successful one… I was delighted to hear the comments from everyone :)
Yes… I wasn’t scared of taking a risk as a cute buddy was to bring delicious home-made ‘Gajar ka Halwa’ :) I must confess that even though baklava was at its best, I ate more of halwa last night :P
N I’m happier ‘coz there’s no roll of baklava left in the container, so I’ve one more chance of trying out soon with a twist :P But for now, I’m so much thanking all these lovely friends for making a new year evening special :) Hope to see you all very soon!!!
Makes: 15 Rolls
10 Sheets Phyllo Pastry
1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)
1/2 cup Almonds
1/2 cup Walnuts
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/2 cup Caster Sugar
For Sugar Syrup–
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1 tsp Lemon Juice
STEPS TO FOLLOW:
- In a mixture jar, take almonds, walnuts, cinnamon powder and caster sugar and grind them to make a coarse mixture.
- Take one sheet and generously apply melted butter over it.
- Arrange one more sheet on top of this sheet and again apply butter over it.
- Spread approx 1 tbsp of nuts mixture evenly and start rolling it from short end.
- Apply butter on every alternate fold of it.
- Grease a baking tray with butter and arrange this roll in it. Repeat the same process for other 4 rolls.
- Once arranged in a tray, apply butter over it one more time.
- Bake for 30-35 mins in pre-heated oven on 180 degrees or until they are golden brown in color.
- Take the tray out and cool it down to room temp. And then cut each roll into 3 pieces.
- Mix all ingredients of sugar syrup and bring them to boil on high heat. Once boiled, simmer it for 10 mins on medium heat and turn off the heat.
- When it’s warm (not hot), pour it over the rolls. Let them soak sugar syrup for 10-15 mins and transfer to a serving plate.
- Super-duper Baklava is ready to serve!!!
- Take a pack of phyllo sheets on the counter until it comes to room temp. This is very important as chilled sheets tend to break during rolling process.
- You can also add pistachio, cashewnuts in mixture.
- I use silicon brush to apply butter on the sheets.