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Baklava with Chai Syrup

A dessert by Priya Minhas

Baklava with Chai Syrup

Makes

8 servings

Time

60 minutes

Ingredients

  • Scant 1/2 cup cashew nuts

  • 3-4 tbsp of Kolkata Chai DIY Chai Kit

  • Scant 1/2 cup almonds

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 9 ounces filo pastry (you will need 10 sheets)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
    Syrup

  • 300g sugar

  • 100ml honey

  • 1/2 pint water

  • Fresh ginger (to taste)

  • 6 cloves

Instructions

1. Syrup: Put all syrup ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 min, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool for 10min then strain the syrup.

2. Nutty Filling: Ground 100mg almonds and 100 mg cashews with 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

3. Place one sheet of filo in the prepared baking tin and brush over with with melted butter.

4. Repeat 2 more times to create 3 layers of film pastry sheets with melted butter and then sprinkle some of the 1/3 of the nut mixture.

5. Repeat the process in #3, 2-3 more times using 2-3 sheets of filo each time. Finish off with a single layer of filo pastry on top.

6. Roll up the stack and brush the outside with melted butter.

7. Slice into discs approximately 1/2 -1 inch wide.

8. Bake at 350 for 30 mins in a 16in x 12in, shallow baking pan.

9. While warm, pour syrup over the baklava and let cool overnight.