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Baclava / Baklava

Maine e zi de sarbatoare pt noi, Sf Mihail si Gavril, o sarbatoare a ingerilor asa cum spune Biserica Ortodoxa. Multi dintre noi sarbatorim ziua numelui, onomastica. In familia mea o verisoara are numele de Mihaela, in rest doar prieteni, mai noi si mai vechi, colegi de munca sau vecini, poarta acest nume. M-am gandit sa ii ajut pe cei care isi sarbatoresc oamenii dragi, si sa le dau cea mai simpla reteta de ceva dulce pe care am incercat-o pana acum, si anume baclava. E o prajitura de origine otomana, cu multa nuca si draga noua, care se regaseste si pe mesele grecilor.

Avem nevoie de:

  • 400 gr nuci macinate
  • 1 pachet de foi subtiri de placinta
  • O lamaie
  • 4 linguri pline de zahar
  • 3 linguri de miere
  • 1 litru apa

 Procedeul este cat se poate de simplu. Dupa ce ati spart nucile si le-ati dat prin masina, felicita-ti-va pt munca depusa, credeti-ma ca se merita si acest pas foarte important va aduce si mai multa satisfactie in timpul degustarii prajiturii!

Apoi ungeti cu mult ulei tava de copt, si cand spun mult, ma refer la foarte mult, sa balteasca asa putin in tava, cam 5 linguri de ulei la o tava de 30/30 cm, apoi puneti o treime din foile de placinta.

s 1

Peste ele puneti jumatate din cantitatea de nuca, apoi o alta treime din foi, iar nuci si la final ultima parte de foi. Stratul superior de foi trebuie si el imbaiat bine cu ulei. Dupa aceaasta taiati prajitura in portii mici, de 5/5cm, inainte sa o bagati la cuptor.

s 2

Focul la cuptor nu trebuie sa fie mare. Bagati tava la copt maxim 25 min, poate chiar 20. Intre timp, amestecati apa cu zaharul si mierea, pe foc, pana se topeste bine zaharul si obtineti o zeama foarte dulce. Lasati siropul sa se raceasca in voie si stoarceti in el lamaia, toata. Cand foile s-au copt la cuptor, peste prajitura fierbinte turnati siropul racit. Veti vedea ca prajitura vocifereaza si va cearta, insa se merita. La final daca mai aveti cum, radeti coaja de lamaie peste prajitura.

s 3

Se serveste cu gura larg cascata, cu balutele in coltul de jos al gurii si repede, caci dispare repede din farfurie.

Pofta mare si La multi ani sarbatoritilor!

English version:

 

Tomorrow we celebrate St. Michael and Gabriel, a celebration of angels as the Romanian Orthodox Church teaches us. Many of us celebrate the name day, a second birthday if you wish to call it like that. In my family a cousin is named Mihaela, otherwise I have only  friends, new and old, work colleagues or neighbors with one of the saints name. I thought to help those who celebrate the people they love, and give them the simplest recipe for something sweet that I tried so far, namely the famous baklava. It’s an Ottoman cake with plenty of walnuts and honey, which is found on the tables of the Greeks as well.
We need:

  • 400 g ground walnuts
  • 1 pack of thin sheets for pie
  • A lemon
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 liter of water

The process is quite simple. After you have cracked the walnuts and you grounded them, start by congratulating yourself for your hard work, believe me, is worth it and this important step will bring more satisfaction during the tasting of the cake!
Then brush with lots of oil the baking pan, and when I say lots, I really mean a lot, about 5 tablespoons of oil in a 30 /30 cm tray, then lay over the oil a third of the pie sheets. Then put half quantity of the walnuts, then another third of the pie sheets and the rest of the grounded walnuts and finally the last part of the pie sheets. The top layer of sheets should also be bathed thoroughly with oil. After this round, cut the cake cut into portions of 5/5cm , before putting it into the oven.
The fire in the oven should not be very strong, or if you have an electric oven, a medium temperature you use for a cookie. The baking should last about 25 min, maybe 20 . Meanwhile, mix the water with the sugar and honey, heat them, until the sugar melts to get a very sweet juice. Allow the syrup to cool down and squeeze the entire lemon in it. When the baked sheets from the oven, will see you pouring the cold syrup over them you will see a real battle zone, arguing and disagreeing, but it’s worth it. Finally, if you can add the lemon zest over the cake.
Serve with the mouth wide open, with some drooling in the corner of your mouth, and quickly, as quickly as possible as it will disappear fast from the plate!

Enjoy!

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