Baklava Ice Cream

Baklava is famous for being aromatic, nutty, sticky, sweet and delicious. Many countries in the Mediterranean claim they started baklava including Greece, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey. Food historians actually looked into the origin of the food and it started in Topkapi Palace, which was an Istanbul palace from the Ottoman Empire. It was designed and created by an Armenian based chef. But not matter its origins, baklava is a flavor-packed, indulgent dessert! In the Mediterranean, they traditionally serve baklava with ice cream. A classic baklava requires extensive layering of the dough, but since so many of us don't have the time for this tedious task, this recipe take a short cut without sacrificing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 phyllo sheets

  • 1 stick of butter

  • 3/4 cup of ground almonds

  • ½ Tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 Tbsp honey

  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream

  • 1 Tbsp of grounded pistachio

  • 1 tsp of rosewater

  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

  2. In a pan, melt butter over med-low heat. Skim off white yogurt residue that builds up on top to make clarified butter.

  3. In a bowl, break up 4-5 phyllo sheets into bite size pieces. Add grounded almonds and clarified butter. Toss to coat.

  4. Add a dash of cinnamon, brown sugar and honey.

  5. Transfer mixture to baking dish and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 20 minutes then add rose water and mix well.

  6. Scoop vanilla ice cream onto a plate then top with baklava pieces and pistachios.

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