Sunday, December 27, 2009
Today I am posting the recipe for my "Pahlava" or "baklava". It is not only very nutritious, high calorie desert, but most tasteful and useful also, because it contains walnut, cinnamon and honey, you will not be able to eat more than 2 piece of it. You will be full! It is really yummy!
If you can get ready phillo pastry, you can make it from that dough if not try this puff pastry recipe:
4 egg whites
300 gr of sugar
400 gr of walnuts chopped
3 tbsp of cinnamon
250 gr of honey, melted (heated)
We will need to make 2 basic dough and then combine them together
For the first dough:
4 egg yolks
300 ml of warm water
800 gr of plain flour (and then a little more)
half tsp of baking soda
1 tbsp white vinegar
1 tbsp of water
Put egg yolks in to bowl, add salt, add soda combined with vinegar and water and make the dough. it must be hard, if needed add some more flour
For the second dough:
500 gr of hard chilled (but not frozen)butter
200 gr of plain flour
Grate butter quickly and add flour. Work quick as butter can melt. Form a dough. No more flour must be added.
Now roll up your first dough in 12X12 inch square and put second dough in the middle. Pinch edges to form another square, like you're making an envelope. All corners must meet in the middle. Now with the palm of your hands spread the dough that is inside of this envelope evenly. Now fold it in half square. Fold again. Cover it and put in a fridge for 30 min. Take it out and roll it in another square and again pinch the corners to the middle. Again fold it two times and put to the fridge for 30 min.
Repeat this process for 4 times more. Yes it will take some time, but each time you will add new slice to your dough.
After you've done this processes, divide the dough in 3. One piece must be bigger as it will be base. Now make the filling. Beat up your egg whites until stiff peak and gradually add in sugar. Now mix all the walnut and cinnamon.
Roll up one piece in 13X13 square and bake it in preheated oven on a high heat until golden. Take it out and let it cool. It will shrink, that is ok. Roll up the biggest dough in 14X14 inch square and put in half of your filling. Put on it the baked piece. Put rest of the filling and cover it with another rolled dough. Pinch the edges very carefully. Now very carefully cut "Pahlava" in squares or rectangles. Brush the surface with another 2 egg yolks. Sprinkle some seeds or put a half of walnut or a pistachio on top of each piece and bake it in medium heat until golden color.
After it is ready, take it out of the oven and pour generously with melted (or heated) honey. Cut them and serve and of course the main part- ENJOY:) it is very very tasty!