Nazzy Bakers honey and cinnamon almond Baklava

A long title for this version of a sweet that is believed to have originated in the Ottoman Empire.

A walk through Paddy’s markets in Sydney, saw me purchasing a variety of dried fruit, nuts and an array of trinkets that I thought would be a good idea at the time, until I came home and had nowhere to store them. The fruits and nuts on the other hand, well they have certainly come in handy in my experimental baking sessions. The nuts I chose for this recipe, were honey and cinnamon coated almonds.

I was also lucky enough to get my hands on some freshly farmed honey from my Mother in law (with her permission). These two beautiful fresh ingredients screamed Baklava to me, and I would suggest that the reason why would be that Ramadan is coming up in the next few months. I know tonnes of people that would enjoy a piece of Baklava and a cup of tea after a long day of fasting, and for my friends that don’t fast, well, you could enjoy them anytime you like.

So, without further ado, herewith my recipe:

Nazzy Bakers Honey and Cinnamon Almond Baklava:

Ingredients:

375g Fillo Pastry

500g crushed honey and cinnamon coated almonds

2 tblsp fresh lemon juice

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup of honey

3/4 cups water

2 tblsp Cinnamon powder

1 cup of softened butter

Method:

1) Prepare the syrup by boiling together the honey, sugar, water, lemon juice and cinnamon powder for approximately 8 minutes. Allow the syrup to cool off the heat while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

2) Grease and line a loaf tin, and layer the Fillo pastry, one sheet at a time into the tin, brushing each sheet well with butter before adding the next sheet. Once you have layered 8-10 sheets of pastry, add your crushed almonds, and continue to layer 5 sheets of pastry (brushing each sheet with butter before adding the next). Add another layer of the nuts, and continue to layer another 5 sheets of pastry, again brushing each sheet with butter. Repeat this process until your nuts are finished, but remember to leave about 10 sheets of pastry to brush with butter and create the flaky top layer of the Baklava.

* Fillo pastry dries out quickly. To prevent this, cover the pastry when not in use with a damp tea towel.

3) Brush the top layer with butter, and sprinkle over some cinnamon sugar. Cut the Baklava diamond shapes at this stage (before baking)

4) Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius until the pastry is golden brown and cooked.

5) Remove the tin from the oven and pour over the cooled syrup straight away so that the Baklava remains crisp and not soggy. (You May hear a slight sizzle – don’t be alarmed)

* I got a bit worried at this point, as the syrup was taking a while to penetrate the layers. This is normal!

6) Allow yourself to walk away, and let the magic happen for approximately 3 to 6 hours (depending on your level of patience). My breaking point was 3 hours the bare minimum!

7) Break apart the diamond shapes and plate up your gorgeous Baklava. Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week! *You probably won’t need to*

Here it is:

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Nazzy Bakers – “Patches” a gift for my niece!

So as not to waste a four day weekend, I decided to teach Lulu and LaiLai how to bake my favourite chocolate cake recipe. It was my nieces birthday a few weeks ago, and I hadn’t seen her to wish her happy birthday in person. Lulu, LaiLai and I decided that we would make an edible gift for Miss Mischa out of the chocolate cake!

I got to drawing a design for a teddy bear cake. I’ve always loved the “Me to You” Tatty Teddies, and especially one I had when I was a child, called Patches.

I thought that this bear would be a perfect edible gift for A little girl. Perhaps a little too perfect, as LaiLai decided that she wanted him for herself when I had finished decorating him!! That’s where bribery has its perks! 😂 I told her of my next baking project, and she was more than happy to let Patches go. 👏🏽 1 point to me!! 

Here’s #howididit:

1) I started out with the chocolate cakes that Lulu and LaiLai had baked. I will share their recipe and video in my next post.

*the cake shapes we used for the bear were: 

– 6 inch round chocolate cake

– 3 rounded cupcakes ( 2 for the feet and 1 for the nose) – this is where we improvised! I used a basketball cupcake pan to make these shapes.

– trimming from the cake mixed with icing and shaped into the bears arms. (Made in the same way as cake pops)

*tip : before dirty icing my cakes, I always drizzle sugar syrup over them to help the cake retain moisture.

2) Once shaped, dirty ice the cakes as per the pictures below:

BODY:

HEAD:

3) I then Secured the bears head to its body with a thick drinking straw. ( these can be found at your local discount variety store)

4) I  Secured the other body parts to the bear with icing and straws – another improvisation. ( the body parts will only stick if you use ganache. I used butter cream for this cake, and therefore needed to Secure the feet and nose with another straw)

5) I iced the whole body with grey buttercream, and then rolled out some grey and black fondant to make the eyes, ears, nose and the all important patches!

6) Using a Wilton piping tip (number 233 to be exact) I piped the bears fur 😍

7) Now it wouldn’t be a Nazzy Baker cake, without some bling! I had find a place to add some sparkle to Patches… and then… 💡I had an idea! I would make a balloon and bow tie out of fondant and add gold leaf to the cake! 

8) with the left over blue fondant I made a button nose to finish him off 💕

This bear is a little out of shape. I did not carve his neck enough, and I did not give his arms and legs the structure that they needed. Having said that, this cake was done in 3 hours with my two helpers. It wasn’t planned, and we had to improvise ALOT! What I’m trying to get at, is that you don’t always need fancy tools and ingredients to make a meaningful or pretty cake for a special someone… you just need the will power, a little imagination, and a recipe to follow! A lot of love for the special someone might help too 💕

On that note, keep following my blog posts as I will be posting the chocolate cake recipe shortly, as well as a video on how Lulu and LaiLai baked this cake ❤️

I leave you now with: Mischa’s Patches!!! 

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