And suddenly it’s here! Real and genuine bakery! But it is not like in Europe, that you come to the store and all the products are behind the glass, you must not breathe on them and you have to ask the seller to give you what you want.
Here’s a bakery right on the street! Imagine a large, long and spacious street. And on it hundreds of kinds of sweets and salty baking. You can browse, browse and take what you want by yourself and then just pay. Nobody suspects anyone to steal anything because it just doesn’t exist in Egypt…
And just in this bakery, (which is about 300 m away from my apartment) when I was choosing what unknown sweet baking I would taste (BTW. my favorite is Hegazia), I SAW IT! A sweetness that is so delicious and which I already knew by the way. Do you already know what I mean? Yes, it’s famous Baklava!
Even I try to dig in my memory as much as I can but I can’t remember when I first met Baklava. But it was definitely in Europe.
Well, I immediately jumped after it to take at least 5 pieces for breakfast but then I stopped. Already the first suspicious thing was that Nobody was buying Baklava. So I went to ask my husband and check the details but I soon understood everything. One piece of baklava costs 5 LE. And he told me that Baklava in Egypt is not popular among the people. Well, I think it’s probably because of the price. In comparison, 1 kg of sweets cost 1 LE. and now they wanted 1 piece of 50g-5 LE.. (I point out the prices are mentioned in the year 2013 today it has already radically changed.)
So I returned Baklava with a broken heart because at this time I really couldn’t afford to spend 25 Le. for breakfast … but I decided to find a recipe and bake the Baklava by myself for my whole family.
I have to praise this unique idea. Because at that time I had never baked Arabic sweets. It was my premiere and it turned out great. We enjoyed it with my whole family and I have never bought baklava since then again. I always make it homemade. It’s the best and it’s really simple and fast.
Are you looking forward to a great baklava recipe? I am not surprised, just because I write about it, I got the taste to eat it… So let’s do it. and of course, don’t forget to write to me in the comments how you succeded.
RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE UNIQUE BAKLAVA
200 g nuts (pistachio, almond, or whatever you like. I love to make nuts with almond)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
500 g of phyllo dough
100 g butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
How to Bake It
♥ Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
♥ Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
♥ Take half of the phyllo dough and put it unrolled into a dish.
♥ brush it by 50 g of melted butter
♥ Put 200 g of nuts OR pistachio
♥ Cover it with the second half of phyllo dough
♥ And again brush it with the rest of the butter.
♥ Cut it to diamond shapes. Cca. 36 pieces.
♥ Put it to the oven and bake cca. 50 minutes until golden brown. Do not open the oven before 15 minutes of baking.
♥ While baklava is baking, make the syrup. Combine sugar, lemon water, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat for low and simmer 20 minutes. At the end add vanilla sugar.
♥ After baklava is baked put on it the syrup immediately and then let it cool.
Serve cold, store uncovered.
Tip: When it is done, turn the oven off but leave the baklava still for another 10 minutes inside. Then and just then you can remove it from the oven.
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