Calling all Mothers – or children of mothers who are both sweet and total nut cases!! You know, the ones with open arms for a warm hug but also willing to turn the radio on loud and fist bump with you while driving, the ones who randomly call you on a Saturday morning, to find out what makes pancakes fluffly – the same ones you will call you to give you a pep talk and say “ woman, it’s Wednesday – pour yourself some wine and move on”.
YES, those are the mama’s this decadent dessert is for aka my mother.
Aww aint she a cutie!
My mom is actually the weirdest dessert person, she loves dessert – but doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Isn’t that weird?! She isn’t a fan of anything with chocolate – nor anything too sweet. Hand her a pie, she’s happy – bumbleberry cobbler hhhheeelllooo happy place – but a chocolate fudge fra-lee-lah, yea she’ll pass. When I first created this recipe, I wanted something special, I wanted it to taste like spring, taste like complete happiness and look like I spent the entire afternoon in the kitchen without actually doing so.
This baklava cake wins on so many levels. Not only is a sweet way to say thank you to any special person in your life it’s also heeeellllla-delicious.
(40) 9 x 14-inch Sheets of Filo Dough
3/4 Cup Butter, melted
2 cups crushed red pistachio
1 cups Crushed Walnuts
1 ½ cups crushed pecans
1/2 Cup brown Sugar
2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp ground cardamom
Honey Rosewater Syrup
1 and 1/3 Cups Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Water
1/3 Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon and 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
1 tbsp rosewater
Bring the sugar and water, to a boil in a small pot. Add the lemon and the honey and rosewater stir well, and lower the heat to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate.
In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the nuts, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.\
Remove phyllo from packaging any lay on a flat surface, cover stack with a damp cloth ( this helps with the dough not drying out!!).
Preheat oven to 350 oc – liberally grease spray a medium sized spring-form cake pan.
Working with one sheet at a time, spread ( you can crumple, so that it fits the pan) one phylo sheet to cover the bottom of the cake pan. Lightly brush with melted butter. Repeat until you have 8 layers. Next, take 1 ½ cups of your nut mixture and spread over entire phylo layer. Repeat until you have 3 layers. Last, create one more “top layer” of 8 sheets of phylo.
Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Next, pour all of your honey rosewater syurp over the cake. Allow to sit one hour, so that all of the liquid is absorbed by the phylo dough.
Slice and serve to that special woman of yours. Happy Mother’s day to all the wonder woman out there, Happy weekend to all you fine looking folks – now someone grab me a fork – we gots cake to eat!!