Monday, June 27, 2011

Baklava with pumpkin halwa filling

Erica of Erica’s Edibles was our host for the Daring Baker’s June challenge. Erica challenged us to be truly DARING by making homemade phyllo dough and then to use that homemade dough to make Baklava


I have not tried Baklavas before and this was my first attempt.I have never tasted it as well.To stick to the theme of Blogging marathon I used Parangikai(Yellow pumkin) Halwa filling for Baklava.The fusion recipe tasted really good.


Ingredients
For phyllo sheets
All purpose flour/maida: 1 1/3 cups
Water: 1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon
Salt: 1/8 tsp
White vinegar:1/2 tsp
Oil: 2 tablespoon
Melted butter: 1/4 cup (for brushing the phyllo sheets)


For filling
Grated yellow pumpkin: 1 cup
Almonds: 1 cup
Walnuts: 3/4 cup
White sugar/brown sugar:1/4 cup
White sugar: 2 tablespoons
Cardomom powder:1/2 tsp
Ghee: 1 tablespoon


For sugar syrup
Sugar:3/4 cup
Water: 1/2 cup
Cardomom powder:1/4 tsp
Lemon juice: 1 tsp


Procedure:
Step1:
Combine flour and salt and mix well.Add all the wet ingredients (water, oil and vinegar) and knead to soft dough for about 15 minutes


Step2:
Cover it with a plastic wrap and let it rest for 2 hrs


Prepare the filling
Step3:
Meanwhile prepare the filling. Pulse the almonds and walnuts in a food processor


Step4:
Heat 2 tsp of ghee in a pan and fry the grated pumkin for about 5 minutes


Step5:
Add 2 tablespoon of white sugar and cook in low heat for 5 more minutes.


Step6:
Add cardomom and remaining ghee and mix well. Now we are ready with our own pumpkin Halwa


Step7:
Add the chopped nuts and brown sugar to this halwa


Make the phyllo sheets
Step8:
Make small balls out of the dough and roll them as very thin sheets as possible 
Note: This is the most toughest job.Allocate some dedicated time for this


Step9:
Trim them to the size of the baking pan


Assemble the Baklava
Step10:
Take a baking pan (I used loaf pan) and  brush it with butter


Step11:
Place the first sheet at the bottom of the pan and again brush with butter.Like this place 5 sheets


Step12:
Spread  1/3 of the filling and repeat the whole process of layering for 3 times 


Step13:
With a sharp knife cut the baklava into desired shape


Step14:
Bake for 1 hr in  a preheated oven of 350F


Step15:
Prepare the syrup while the baklava is baking. Mix water and sugar and boil until it reaches 1/2 string consistence.Add 1 tsp of lemon juice (to avoid crystalization) and allow it to cool


Step16:
Once the baklava is baked and still hot pour the cool syrup all over.Allow the syrup to be absorbed overnight









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28 comments:

  1. wow! thats a mouth watering dessert!

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  2. wow!! this is very new and yummy dish.

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  3. Hey, this is what I call it as a great fusion recipe. Baklava with pumpkin halwa? That's superb!

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  4. Bakalava...a very new dish...looks very interesting and delicious

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  5. Wow!Gr8 job done! Looks super super delicious! Very well explained recipe. Love it!

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  6. wow...so perfect..mouth watering here...you r rocking with pumpkin recipes...

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  7. Delicious and yummy dessert with an Indian touch...

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  8. Beautiful work, terrific idea....kudos to you:) Love this dessert so much, and the badami filling is like added bonus:)

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  9. Yummy sweet....Great job of making the phyllo sheets at home.

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  10. very interesting recipe, new to me, looks very delicious..

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  11. this is on my to make list for a long time - Have the ready made phyllo dough - Want to make the traditional nutty one!
    You have made a wonderful twist to this recipe and i am sure it tasted first class :)

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  12. wow, that is a great twist, love the idea !!!

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  13. bel me...have been dying to try baklava but have been v hesitant...i know it s taste is yum ..but now with step by step recipe i am confident and will try it soon thanks for sharing !!..n ya pumpkin is a super variation....it really looks gorgeous:)

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  14. Very innovative dessert :)

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  15. wow !! healthy variation with pumpkin halwa !! delicious !!

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  16. Omg, love that filling, thats definitely a innovative idea of make baklava with pumpkin halwa, fabulous pieces..

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  17. Yummy, rich & exotic filling!!!
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  18. I loved the twist given in the filling. Looks yummy.

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  19. What a cool twist to traditional baklava.. They look delicious. Good job.

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  20. Baklava is our favourite! I think the preparing the thin sheets will take much time..but the final outcome is urging me to try it out!

    The filling fusion is interesting! :)

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  21. Ohhh I love baklavaaa :D Yours looks nicee

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  22. I love so much your Baklawa with pumpkin halwa! so original!!

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