Ramadan Baklava


Baklawa, one of the traditional Ramadan desserts everyone enjoys eating. It is originally a Turkish dessert made of filo pastry stuffed with nuts.

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 85 minutes
Yield: Approximately 24 pieces

Ingredients:
- kilo of filo/ phyllo pastry
- 2 cups of coarsely ground walnuts or pistachios
- 300 grams of melted, unsalted butter

Syrup:
- kilo of sugar
- 1/2 liter of water
- Juice of 1/2 lemon


Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease your 25 x 30 cm baking dish with unsalted, melted butter.
Place one sheet of filo pastry in bottom of dish and brush with melted butter. Place another sheet of pastry and brush the top with melted butter. Continue this until you use half of the filo pastry sheets to make a thick base of filo pastry.
Sprinkle chopped nuts on the thick base, and then place the remaining amount of layers of filo pastry, brushing each   one with melted butter.
Brush the top with melted butter and cut into diamond shapes.
Bake until golden.
To make the syrup, place syrup ingredients in a saucepan and boil on medium heat stirring constantly.
Let simmer for 15 minutes.
Pour hot syrup over cooled baklava.
Allow to cool and absorb syrup before serving.

*cinnamon can be added to the recipe according to preference.


Gulab Jamun

Ingredients

- 1 cup dry milk powder
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter), melted
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1 tablespoon chopped almonds (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chopped pistachio nuts (optional)
- 1 tablespoon golden raisins (optional)
- 1 pinch ground cardamom
- 1 quart vegetable oil for deep frying
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 7 fluid ounces water
- 1 teaspoon rose water
- 1 pinch ground cardamom

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together the milk powder, flour, baking powder, and cardamom. Stir in the almonds, pistachios and golden raisins. Mix in the melted ghee, then pour in the milk, and continue to mix until well blended. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
In a large skillet, stir together the sugar, water, rose water and a pinch of cardamom. Bring to a boil, and simmer for just a minute. Set aside.
Fill a large heavy skillet halfway with oil. Heat over medium heat for at least 5 minutes. Knead the dough, and form into about 20 small balls. Reduce the heat of the oil to low, and fry the balls in one or two batches. After about 5 minutes, they will start to float, and expand to twice their original size, but the color will not change much. After the jamun float, increase the heat to medium, and turn them frequently until light golden. Remove from the oil to paper towels using a slotted spoon, and allow to cool. Drain on paper towels and allow to cool slightly.
Place the balls into the skillet with the syrup. Simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes, squeezing them gently to soak up the syrup. Serve immediately, or chill.
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