This Middle Eastern favourite is a very rich treat using nuts and spices and doused in a fragrant citrus syrup. Orange blossom water adds a wonderful perfume and is available at food stores.
70g pistachio nuts
70g macadamia nuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp orange zest
12 sheets filo pastry
180g butter, melted
FOR THE SYRUP
¼ cup honey
¼ cup water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tbsp orange blossom water (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. In the food processor, combine nuts, spices and sugar, and pulse to make fine crumbs, then add the orange zest.
Brush each sheet of filo generously with the melted butter and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of the nut mixture.
Fold the sheet in half to enclose the mixture, then arrange in a baking tin or ovenproof dish of the same size. Repeat with remaining filo and nut mixture. Press the top layer down firmly and cut into a diamond pattern. Bake for 30 minutes until golden.
Simmer syrup ingredients for about 5 minutes and spoon it over the filo. Set aside to soak.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author