Food & Wine
Mixed seed baklava for Valentine’s Day
Sweeten up your Valentine with a honey-drenched Baklava. Baklava is one of those desserts that has a reputation for being difficult to make but this recipe from Pouyoukas is surprisingly easy. And trust us .. the rich, sweet flavour of this treat will melt anyone’s heart.
Mixed seed baklava
250g Pouyoukas omega seed mix, 50g Pouyoukas sunflower seeds, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) brown sugar, half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) each of ground cinnamon and ground cloves, zest and peel from 1 lemon zest, 4 sheets filo pastry, 150g melted butter, 1 cup (250 ml) honey, 4 whole cloves and 1 cinnamon stick
In a small bowl, combine the mixed seeds, sunflower seeds, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground cloves and lemon zest. Mix well and set aside.
Lay one sheet of filo pastry on a clean work surface and cover the remaining with a clean, damp tea towel. Cut the filo pastry lengthways and in half again.
Brush each square with some butter, add some of the filling into the centre of each square.
Tuck the sides of the pastry over the filling and gently roll up, sealing the edge with butter.
Place seamside down onto a lined baking tray.
Continue with the remaining pastry and filling.
Brush the baklava with melted butter and scatter with any remaining filling or extra seeds.
Bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.
Place the honey, lemon peel, cloves and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan and heat slowly over a low heat.
Remove baklava from the oven, place in a large baking dish and cover with warm honey.