It’s Ramadan once again, a time of fasting with a festive atmosphere. I choose one of the popular sweets usually found on the table after Iftar, theBaklawa sweets.
Baklawa or Baklava
I google and found that it is possible to make Baklawa cheesecake. Actually, it is Baklava , a mediterranean sweets made of stacks of phyllo, honey and nuts.
I am guessing that Baklawa (fillo) is an arabic version as opposed to Baklava (phyllo) maybe!
Anyway, here’s my trial recipe, which actually turns out good ( at least to my taste) but you can always alter it according to your taste :-)
Flavour # 29 Baklawa Cheesecake
12 layers of baklawa (Fillo) i used butter spray instead of brushing it with clarified butter
2 (300 g) Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
250 oz thick cream
assorted nuts (crushed) anything that you like to add, I added 2 tbsp cinnamon and 3 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
12 phyllo sheets, stacked in 3 layers
assorted nuts with cinnamon and brown sugar according to your taste, I added about 2 tbsp.
Defrost the Phyllo for 4 hours without removing it from the package. Prepare cheese mixture before opening and spreading the phyllo in wax paper and cover it with wet towel to prevent dryness and tearing it.
Pre heat oven to Gas mark # 3
Mix cream cheese with honey, alternately adding one egg at a time. add vanilla, continue beating at medium speed and add thick cream.Mix thoroughly.Divide into two part.
Mix crushed nuts with cinnamon and brown sugar
Place one Phyllo sheet on the springform pan, spray with butter add another one and spray again until 12 sheets. Pour the cheese mixture, spread assorted nuts and pour the remaining cream cheese part, top again with mixture of assorted nuts.
Bake for one hour. cool for another 2 hours and refrigerate for another 4 hours.
Meanwhile, cut 24 Phyllo sheets according to your pan shape. Stack 12 layers (each layer spray with butter) add mixture of assorted nuts and another 12 layers, cut into any shape you like and bake for 30 minutes.
Bring to boil honey,lemon and water, reduced the heat and continue mixing for about 5 minutes.
without the fillo toppings
The thing that I missed here…I should have drizzle the Phyllo sheets with mixed honey while it was still hot and leave it for another 20 minutes to stick together before putting it on top of the cheesecake.
drizzle honey while hot
hmmm i love nuts!
with lemon honey
another way of fillo decor
Oh well, there’s another chance ladies,till next baking time ;-)