Sunday, January 01, 2017

Baklava Star - Puff Pastry Baklava

Wishing you all a beautiful New Year. This is a delayed post, originally planned for last week of December. I was playing low, with a bad back, couldn't sit in the lappy for more time. And with 3 boys at home, i simply couldn't steal time for myself. 
This is another simple bread, with puff pastry sheets. I saw a video on FB, i dont remember the page, it is of a brand, promoting their pastry sheets. Loved the simple idea, so i made it last week, for the hungry mouths at home. Thank god, i made 2 breads. One as a star and other a vaguely shaped like Fougasse. I served them the Fougasse, they licked the plate clean! The pastry is sweetened with orange juice infused sugar syrup, which heigtens the taste even more. This can be baked a day or two ahead, and can be warmed before serving, add the sugar syrup just before serving. A simple and pretty bake for parties and get-togethers. Try and let me know how you liked it.
Ingredients
2 puff pastry sheets
4 tbsp each Almonds, cashewnuts, pistachios
1 clove
2-3 pods of cardamom
Milk to brush on tops
Sugar syrup
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of water
4-5 pods of cardamom, crushed
2 nos cloves
juice of half an orange (just for the zing)
Method
  • Take all the nuts, along with cardamom and cloves in a mixer and pulse it to get a coarse powder.Remove the puff pastry sheets, and let it thaw for  30 minutes on the kitchen counter.
  • Dust your work surface well with flour. Roll puff pastry sheets a bit, and use a plate (8 inches diameter) to cut out 2 round shapes. I just shaped the leftover dough like a fougasse and fed my family, so they can spare the star for the clicks next day, brilliant, isn't?😉
  • Place one round-cut  pastry sheet on a well greased baking pan, brush the sheet with butter and  spread nuts powder generously on it. Now place the other sheet on top of the nuts and close. 
  • Now comes the fun part of cut and braid. Place a small dessert bowl(roughly 1.5 inches in diameter), in the center and cut the sheet into quarters from the bowl. Now cut each quarter into 3 parts. 
  • Starting from any point, twist two strings in the opposite direction to form a ripple and press the edges together to seal like a petal.
  • Preheat the oven to 220C. Brush the top of the bread with some milk and sprinkle some nuts powder on top. Bake it for about 20-22 minutes until the top turns golden brown. 
  • While the bread is baking , make the sugar syrup. Take everything, except orange juice, in a sauce pan, let it boil until sugar dissolves completely, Take it off the stove. Add orange juice and let it cool.
  • Remove the star. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Pour the sugar syrup on top and serve it warm. Just see them dissappear, my people even drank the sugar syrup, like coffee!!! 

This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016

24 comments:

  1. Haha... I love the idea of making one in advance and feeding them so that the pretty one stays in tact for the photos... :D This is such a beautiful idea...

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  2. The bread looks delish...pouring of that orange juice flavored syrup makes me drool for that.

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  3. There are n number of ways to use puff sheets and n number of ways to make a star bread/bake. Yummy and interesting baklava (shape)

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  4. Am in love with this star shaped baklava, such an interesting bake Priya.

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  5. What a delicious and inviting bake with puff pastry. Love your quick and easy take on baklava.

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  6. Star shaped baklava looks irresistible.

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  7. That's one stunning bread Priya, so nicely baked..wish I could taste it..

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  8. That's a beauty! I was always under the understanding that baklava had only pistachios, but your version has almonds and cashews as well. Sounds like a perfect treat!

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  9. I can certainly see why the plate was licked clean -- it would be that way in our house too. It certainly sounds delicious and looks beautiful! I'm looking forward to trying my hand at it. I hope you're feeling better.

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  10. This is so interesting and fascinating. I have never made Baklava with Puff Pastry.. just filo.. I am so going to try this soon. LOVE IT

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  11. YUM, this looks delicious. I have never made baklava at home before but you make it look and sound easy! I'll have to try my hand at this recipe for sure!

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  12. I've never had baklava before but it sounds Yummy! Love how it's braided and it sounds like it would be perfect with coffee.

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  13. I fell in love with baklava when in Turkey and now I am hooked. I also discovered that Greek baklava and Turkish baklava are different and that both camps believe their version to be better. I am not going near that argument but I will say that I am always on the lookout new recipes like yours to try.

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  14. I hope your back is better! And this looks so much simpler than the baklava recipe I normally use- I love that!!!

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  15. I love baklava! This star shaped one looks like it would be as tasty as it is pretty!

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  16. This seems so much easier than most baklava recipes I've seen. Looks delicious!

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  17. Baklava is so delicious! I love how your demonstration in your post. I don't think I would have figured out how to make it myself. :)

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  18. Classic and such a godo dessert. I heart baklava and the honey with the pistachios is an amazing combination. You cannot have only one piece.

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  19. This looks absolutely delicious. I'm quite familiar with baklava but I never saw it made this beautiful.

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  20. I would have never guessed this was made with puff pastry. You did a great job with the presentation!

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  21. This looks so pretty. I've never seen a star shaped baklava and I love the idea. Bookmarking to try later.

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  22. This looks so good! I love baklava, but making all the layers of phyllo dough is so time consuming. I absolutely love the idea of using puff pastry for a quicker version.

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  23. This is such a great recipe for baklava using store bought puff pastry sheets. Such a life saver and the shape of the baklava is so attractive.

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Thanks a Lot for taking your time out and Visiting my Kitchen!!!!! Your Valuable Comments keep me going!!! Feel free to ask your doubts , i will definitely try reply you back. Good Day!!!

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