Credit to @cheenas.kitchen Walnut Baklawa
Baklawa is a layered pastry dessert made of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with sugar syrup or honey. It is a most popular Sweet pastry in the Middle East.
•1/2 cup melted butter
•1 packet filo pastry
•A long wooden screwer
•1 and 1/2 cup whole walnuts
•2 tbsp granulated sugar
•1 tsp cinnamon powder
•1 tsp cardamom powder
•2 cups sugar
•1 cup water
•1/4 cup honey
•1 cinnamon stick
•2-3 green cardamom
•For the walnut filling blitz walnuts in a food processor until course crumbs, add in sugar,cinnamon powder, cardamom powder mix and set aside.
•Pre heat oven to 200.C
•Grease a baking tray with melted butter an set aside
•We will use 2 filo sheets per roll, On a clean work surface place one filo pastry sheet brush with melted butter and place another sheet over it again brush with butter, especially brush the top end to secure the roll.
•Now place a thin layer of walnut mixture on the pastry sheet, with a help of long wooden screwer or stick start rolling the sheet as tightly as possible .
•If you want this simple cylindrical shape of Baklawa just slide the the wooden stick out and place this roll in a greased baking tray.
•But, If you want little fancy crinkled baklawa, then before sliding the wooden stick out place one hand on each side of the roll and gently and tightly push the roll towards the center to give it some crinkles.
•Gently slide out the wooden stick and place this crinkled roll in a greased baking tray.
•Repeat the process with remaining pastry sheets
•Generously brush all the rolls with melted butter , then cut the rolls and bake in the pre heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until beautiful golden , nice and crisp.
•For the sugar syrup in a sauce pan add all the syrup ingredients and bring it to good and full boil until sugar is dissolved
•When Baklawa is done remove the tray from the oven and pour the warm syrup on immediately.
•Garnish with extra walnut mixture and serve hot or room temperature.