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Yummy Baklava and my 100th post…

20 Jan

I am very happy to post this sweet as my 100th post.  One of the sweets, which I have underestimated by its simple ingredients and preparation method, until I tasted it first time. A Colleague of mine, who is from Turkey, had brought some authentic Baklava’s to office.  As I tasted, I felt the crispy sweet & buttery layered sheets with the richness of crunchy nuts(Walnuts). I could not stop going for the next one. Since then, I have been trying to find out the filo pastry sheets from German supermarkets and couldn’t find on. So, I  tried to make it with ready made Puff pastry and with Spring roll pastry, but it was not anywhere near to the original taste.

After a long time, I was lucky to find it in one of the Turkish market from the next city. I also got some good quality of de-skinned Pistachios, which is one of the key ingredient for the overall taste.

The Procedure for making it is very simple. Apply melted butter on every layer of sheets and lay the coarse crushed nuts in between one of the bottom layers. Bake it until golden brown and finish it by pouring with sugar or Honey sirup afterwards.

We enjoyed making it with 24 layers and Riya helped me in buttering the layers.


  1. Filo Pastry sheets – 1 pkt ( I used 450 gms, approx 60*60 of 12 sheets)
  2. Butter – 250 gms
  3. Sugar – 2 cups
  4. Lemon juice- few drops
  5. Almonds – blanched, dry and chopped finely
  6. Pistachios-blanched , dry and chopped or coarsely ground
  7. Flavoring – any flavoring of your choice (optional)


1. First make the Sugar sirup. Add Sugar with a cup of water and boil for 15-20 mins. Add few drops of lemon juice.

2. While sugar sirup is getting ready, prepare the tray for baking baklava sheets. Lay the sheets in a tray such that it fits in all the sides of the tray. I had 12 long sheets which i had cut it  and used as 24 sheets, which was fitting my tray and as well. 12 sheet layered Baklava was anyway was too thin.

3. Melt the Butter. Just as it melts in to liquid, switch off the heat. Butter the tray, lay the first sheet, butter it, lay the second sheet and butter it, and continue until 8 layers and now fill in the nuts.

4. Nuts filling should be sweet, so add either couple of spoons of sugar sirup or sugar to the nuts. (Nuts and sugar can be ground together and used for garnishing) and fill in top of 8th layer. One can choose in which layer to add the filling. I have chosen 8th layer as the sweet will have good stability to hold the nuts. I used Pistachios for half of the layer and Almonds for other half.

5. Continue layering and applying butter till you reach the last sheet.

6. Before putting the tray in oven, use a sharp knife to cut the layered sheets into small pieces. Smaller shapes lets sugar syrup to soak-in nicely at step 8.

7. Preheat the oven for 170C and bake it for 30-35 mins at 150C in the middle rack of oven. You could see the Bakalava pieces dance with melting butter and turn light  brown on the top.

8. Remove from oven and pour the sugar sirup all over while the baked baklava is hot. The Sugar sirup can be medium hot while pouring.

9. Leave for it for few hours to let the Baklava’s to absorb the sugar sirup. Serve it in a plate with ground nuts on top.


Posted in Dessert, Sweet


Almond cake with Almond Sweet Icing (Happy Bday my dear Hubby!!)

23 Nov

Almond Cake with Coffee Butter cream Frosting & Almond Sweet Icing.

Yet again, a special day in our Family. Its Birthday time !!! We celebrated Kesav’s  Birthday yesterday with this Gorgeous Almond Cake. This time too I want to make a special cake for my hubby dear, something completely different from what I have done before. Really, baking a cake and icing it, is an experience in itself.  I wanted to tryout something unique this time..something of my own… so I tried this almond cake with home made almond icing and butter cream frosting. Well, the name icing and frosting is often used interchangbely, there is not much difference. Ok…If you wonder if this is  Operah Cake?. Though this one also has almond as a main ingredient, the method and frosting for an Operah Cake is different. I will try out the Operah cake some othertime.

I would like to call my customized Almond icing on top of cake as Indian flavored Marzipan. It has less stability in making intricate designs, but tastes so much better. The traditional Marzipan is made of Almond flour and raw Egg whites. It has very good stability in making figurines. But we liked the Indian style a bit better.


For Almond Cake

  1. Whole Almonds – 200gms
  2. Milk – 2 cups
  3. White Flour – 1 1/2 cup
  4. Butter – 200gms
  5. Sugar – 2 cups
  6. Egg – 6
  7. Baking Powder – 2 1/2 tsp
  8. Vanilla Essence – few drops

Almond Sweet

The recipe for Almond Sweet is here .  Instead of Rose essence, I have added  powdered Cardamom 1/2 tsp to the almond dough.

Coffee Butter Cream Icing

  1. Coffee – 2 Tbs
  2. Sugar – 100gms
  3. Butter – 50 gms


For Almond Cake

1. Blanch Almonds in hot water for 15 min and remove the skin.

2. Add the blanched almonds in milk in a blender and grind it to a smooth paste.( this yields 2 cups)

3. Add Butter and Sugar in a bowl and beat it with hand mixer.

4. Beat the egg in another bowl and the essence.  Now add the rest of the ingredients slowly one by one by beating it with hand mixer.

5. Preheat the oven to 180 C and bake it for 25 mins at 180 C.

For Butter Cream Icing

1. Add Butter in a bowl and cream it with mixer.

2. Add Sugar to it and mix it well.

3. Add 1 Tbs of hot water to instant coffee and  let it cool.

4. Add this with Sugar and Butter mixture.

Layering the Cake

1. Cut the cake horizontally in to two layers.

2. Fill Coffee butter cream icing in between the layer.

3. Roll the almond sweet dough in to a thin layer with Rolling pin and cover the cake. (Add your favorite colors as you like)

4. Add sugar decorative on top to be more attractive.


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Happy Diwali 2010

05 Nov

Almond Sweets

Today is Diwali and this grand festival is celebrated all over India. This is one of the main festival of Hindus. Attractions of this festival apart from Pooja (Workship to God) are fireworks, Crackers and lots & lots of sweets. As part of our celebration, I have sent these homemade Almond sweets and Jilebi’s to little friends of Riya in KG. Hope they like it. I am very busy today – still making some more sweets as our friends are joining us for dinner. See you all soon in my next post.


I wish all my friends and viewers a very Happy Diwali.  Have a great Blast!!!!! and enjoy the day.


Posted in Dessert, Sweet