Monday, June 27, 2011

Baklava Rolls for Daring Baker's Challenge June 2011

Ha! Back to Daring Baker's Challenge after 2 months.  I missed last two wonderful challenges, but somehow with lots of challenges I made it up this month.  As always I did a last minute job this time also.  This month Erica of Erica's Edibles challenged us to make Baklava's with our own phyllo pastry.  Wow! Now that's quite challenging isn't, yes I really felt the heat this time, baking at nearly 38 degree Celsius.


   If I get a plate of baklava, I can never stop eating that, love it to that extend.  Although I have made baklava couple of times with shop bought phyllo pastry , this is the first time my hands on making the home made phyllo.  I have also previously posted one baklava recipe here,  which is an authentic one without any changes from the traditional.  So this time, I went with baklava rolls with some twist in it i.e Indianized twist.  Baklavas are traditionally filled with an assortment of nuts and soaked in honey and cinnamon syrup.  In this Indianized baklavas I used unsweetened khova or khoya and cashewnut as filling with saffron and cardamom syrup.
 Which was simply amazing, ahem! You can try it and give the verdict off course.  Thank you again Erica for this wonderful challenge, let's sink straight into the recipe now.
I'm not going to mention any preparation time details for this recipe, since it took quite a long time in rolling, was tired of calculating the time.

Ingredients:
For phyllo:
Plain flour- 250 g
Water- 150 ml
Oil- 45 ml
Salt-1/2 tsp

For cashew filling:
Cashew nuts- 100 g
Cardamom- 1
Sugar- 1 tbsp
Butter- 1 tbsp

For khoya filling:
Khoya- 100 g
Sugar- 1/2 tbsp

Note:
Khoya is made using milk in a large pan.  If you can't find khoya use ricotta cheese or paneer.

For syrup:
Honey- 3/4 cup
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Water- 3/4 cup
Cardamom- 2
Saffron- a pinch
Lemon juice- 1 tsp

Butter- 150 g( for brushing)

Method:
Note:
I do have the step by step pictures which I'll post it later this week.

Prepare the phyllo dough:
Add the flour, salt and oil in a mixing bowl, slowly add the water.  Using a dough tool or hand knead it into smooth elastic dough.  Once the dough comes together smoothly, knead it again for 10 to 15 minutes.  Cover the bowl  with a cling film and let it rest for minimum of 2 hours.

Prepare the filling:
Cashew filling:
Dry roast the cashew nuts in a pan until it gets heated.  Add the cashew nut, cardamom, sugar and butter to a food processor and pulse it until it looks like a coarse powder. Set it aside.

Khoya filling:
Mix the khoya and sugar together like a dough.

Roll the phyllo:
Divide the dough into 12 to 14 equal size balls.  Cover your work surface with plenty of flour, roll each ball into as thin as possible, until it looks quite transparent.  Roll out the remaining dough in the same way.

Form the rolls:
Take a sheet of phyllo pastry, brush it with melted butter and place another sheet on top it.  Make the khoya filling like a log and place it inside the pastry.  Roll out the pastry into a log.  Do the same with the cashew filling.  Place the rolls in a baking tray, brush it with melted butter on top.  Cut the log into 1 inch slices.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius and bake it for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top looks golden brown in colour.
Pour the warm syrup on top of the rolls and let it soak for 5 to 6 hours.  Since the filling is quite sweet, a little syrup would be sufficient.  You don't have to drench these rolls with syrup like regular baklava's.

To make the syrup:
Add all the syrup ingredients in a pan and bring it to boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

76 comments:

divya said...

Looks so yum and beautiful...

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Very tempting rolls,love the fillings...I always admire of ur gr8 presentation...Too gud.

Radhika said...

Love the rolls. The process does look a bit lengthy but I'm sure the final product makes up for it.

Priti said...

Looks so delicious n such lovely n tempting pics

Prathima Shivraj said...

Vow awesome rolls, looks absolutely delicious.

julie said...

Superb mouthwatering baklava..sure to try this out..
lovely explainations..

Suja said...

Delicious dessert,very tempting

Archana said...

Amazing! I admire your patience dear! Me I will just eat. Pas on the plate!!

Prathima Rao said...

Gorgeous rolls....with such delightful, heavenly filling wrapped within!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Superb looking... loved the khoya filling..

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Nish said...

This looks absolutely delicious!

Torviewtoronto said...

yummy looking baklava looks fabulous

S.Menaga said...

very tempting rolls n love the fillings also...

Umm Mymoonah said...

Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very tempting, fulfilling and delicious looking rolls. As usual, your clicks are wonderful.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Anncoo said...

Yum..yum..this looks so delicious and your presentation looks great too!

Mina Joshi said...

I love your version of baklavas. As usual, amazing pictures!

aipi said...

Great work ~ never thought of making phyllo at home ~ beautifully done n presented! Kudos!
Baklavas look super duper tempting!
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SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow so tempting rolls and loved the filling !! YUMMY !!

Aarthi said...

perfect

Authenticoriyafood said...

Totally yumm...the rolls look really smashing!!! Lovely clicks too!!

Hari Chandana said...

Wowwwwwwwwww.... Looks delicious.. Love the recipe and presentation.. awesome clicks too !!
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Eftychia said...

Baklava is always perfect! Your version looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

://: Héni ://: said...

machallah lovely baklava and presentation as usual

Biny Anoop said...

This is one recipe i always wanted to try but haven't yet....awesome looking rolls.I think these show the effort u have put in

Vimitha Anand said...

Its baklava everywhere and its a real treat to the eyes... Delicious and yummy dessert...

Laxmi said...

You nave got good patience to prepare these interesting recipes.. Btw rolls look fab..

SavithaRaj's Spice Land said...

My hubby loves this, thanks for the recipe.

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy sweet..Delicious filling....Its great to make the phyllo sheets at home even though its a bit hectic...

ente pachakasala said...

baklava rolls looks really yummy

Junia said...

making baklava is an art! these look amazing!!! :D

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, you have done that beautifully !!! great execution :)

schmetterlingwords said...

Salaams dear...

How can I forget those wonderful Baklava which you made for us... Being the best cook you are, I am sure you would come up with creative new ideas and recipes with whatever things we get in India. Lovely indianised version of Baklava.

Enna ninaichikitte saapidu :-)

muppy said...

love your twist on it, looks incredible.

Shanavi said...

Wow..Is this Bliss or what ? So yum and u always do justice and once again u made it..

Fajeeda said...

baklava looks delicious and lovely pics too......

Blackswan said...

Wow, I think u've nailed it! Looks sooooo good :) Wish I could bake like u.

Oh, do chk my latest on Amazing Kitchen Tips (Part II)! Let me know if u've tried any of it :)

sonu said...

baklava looks sooo delicious..yummmm

That Girl said...

Hard to believe these are last minute- they look amazing.

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks so delicious..

Rekha shoban said...

perfect rolls....cute click n nice presentation!

Jeannie said...

Your baklava rolls looks delicious! I am very respectful of people who can make something with such a long recipe! Amazing patience!

Priya said...

Well executed dear, those rolls tempts me a lot,seriously they looks super irresistible..

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Your baklava rolls looks perfect and tempting,love your presentation and clicks!

Zareena said...

You make me drool Ayeesha. Excellent and mind blowing dish. Looks perfect.

shabs said...

Woowwoo, the baklava looks gorgeous mymoonah , just beautiful :)

harini-jaya said...

I never got to bring myself upto baking baklava..u got me to the edge :)

cik cek said...

WoW!...sedapnya....teringin nak buat baklava ni...tak tau la bila nak buatnya...amik resepu dululah...:)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Lovely baklava! Well done.

Cheers,

Rosa

Krishnaveni said...

never tasted this sweet, looks great

Rookie Qookie said...

bookmarked this beautiful sweet :)

Indu said...

The Indianized version of Baklava sounds interesting. I think this is quite an expensive dessert to make, though :D Maybe you should mail me some

Roha said...

Looks yummy..
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lena said...

quite a bit of work , huh? congrats on making your own phyllo pastry, that's indeed challenging and i guess these really taste fabulous!

Umm Mymoonah said...

Thank you ladies for all your fabulous comments, it really made my day.

korenainthekitchen.com said...

I'd never heard of khoya before - thanks for introducing me to a new ingredient! I love the ratio of filling to pastry in your rolls - the baklava filling is the best part, I think :)

thekitchenaffaire said...

Woww.. these look yummy :D I have to try them..

Plateful said...

I'm a huge fan of Arabic sweets, especially Baklawa. I'm totally loving the sound of cashews in saffron and cardamon syrup. How I wish I could taste this delicious twist!!

cookingvarieties said...

salam umm maimoonah, ooo i love baklava... many thanks for sharing this recipe.. so delicious and scrummptous

Ambreen said...

Wow! Looks fabulous, just fantastic. I am drooling all over it :)

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely work ayeesha- yum

Ambreen said...

My mouth is watering right now watching these pics. Tiring job, but it has come out so perfect. Great work, Ayeesha!

cooking varieties (wan) said...

salam umm maimoonah, so you remembered the winter squash..yes, i did wait for you but i don't force you if you cant.
anyway i would be grateful if you are still willing to do guest post for me on any recipe of your choice- you know, i mean the exotic ones, since you are a great chef :)
like, how do you make beef baguette? the ready ones here are not halal :) thanks dear.. do confirm with me on yes or no ok.take care .wassalam

cooking varieties (wan) said...

salam umm maimoonah, so you remembered the winter squash..yes, i did wait for you but i don't force you if you cant.
anyway i would be grateful if you are still willing to do guest post for me on any recipe of your choice- you know, i mean the exotic ones, since you are a great chef :)
like, how do you make beef baguette? the ready ones here are not halal :) thanks dear.. do confirm with me on yes or no ok.take care .wassalam

cooking varieties (wan) said...

salam umm maimoonah, so you remembered the winter squash..yes, i did wait for you but i don't force you if you cant.
anyway i would be grateful if you are still willing to do guest post for me on any recipe of your choice- you know, i mean the exotic ones, since you are a great chef :)
like, how do you make beef baguette? the ready ones here are not halal :) thanks dear.. do confirm with me on yes or no ok.take care .wassalam

Reese@SeasonwithSpice said...

Hi Ayeesha - I must say this is a gorgeous twist on the baklava rolls. Well done! Can't wait to see your step-by-step guide.

purabi naha said...

hi, this is a very yummy twist to the traditional baklavas. Loved that!! The hard work involved in the process is worth it, isn't it?
BTW, thanks for your comment on my guest post on cualiflower-lychee curry at cooking-varieties! Shall love to be in touch with you and your blog!!

coooking varieties said...

Salam umm maimoonah, you can call me wan or maznah.. south indian dish will be fine.
Can you do a recipe using mutton, its ok if you choose something else, Its up to your convenience ,

when you are ready, please email to me at wmznahwm@gmail.com thanks a lot and take care
those baklavas are very tempting...

hemalata said...

looks so yummy and lovely presentation.Thank u for stopping by my space and leaving such lovely comments.I glad to follow u.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Love the rolls long process but the reward is the taste. yumm

foodiecorner said...

Hi.. Loved your Indianized version of Baklawas .. and superb snaps too..

Mugdha said...

tempting rolls with yummy fillings..:)

Lora said...

I just love what your did with this baclava. The flavors sound divine!

Nayana said...

wow...I dont have this much patience so I m not gonna say that I will try it but it sure looks yummy, pics are great!

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