Happy New Year everyone, hope you have an amazing 2014 filled with lots of love, laughter and joy! We took a longer break for the holidays to recharge our batteries and now feel eager to continue blogging. And what better way to do so than with a sweet treat? This easy Greek dessert often finds its way to our table but is super sweet and should be consumed in moderation.
500 gr. phyllo dough
250 ml. sparkling mineral water
250 ml. vegetable oil
250 ml. sugar
10 gr. baking powder
500 gr. finely chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
500 ml water
500 gr. sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Butter the baking dish.
2. Mix the sparkling water, sugar, oil and baking powder.
3. Place a sheet of phyllo dough in the baking dish and brush the sparkling water mixture over it.
4. Place a second sheet over it, brushing it with the same mixture. Repeat with a third sheet.
5. Mix the walnuts and the cinnamon and sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of this mixture over the phyllo layers.
6. Repeat the procedure from steps 3 - 5 until you use all the mixture and phyllo sheets.
7. The top layer should be 4-6 sheets deep.
8. Cut the baklava into the desired shapes with a sharp knife. Make sure you cut all the way to the bottom.
9. Bake until golden brown.
10. While the baklava is baking, prepare the syrup. Pour water into a saucepan and add the sugar.
11. Boil until the sugar melts and leave it to simmer for 10 minutes.
12. Before removing the syrup from the heat stir in the vanilla extract.
13. Let the syrup cool until it reaches room temperature.
14. When the baklava is ready, remove from the oven and pour syrup over it.
15. Let it cool completely (3-4 hours) before serving.