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Brilliant baklava

First suggested by Muslim Scout Fellowship - thanks to the MSChef!
Bake some baklava to celebrate Eid al-Fitr together.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Pan
  • Hob
  • Brush
  • Baking tin
  • Blender (optional)

Before you begin

  • It’s up to you where you do this activity – you could take the recipe and make it work however you’re meeting at the moment, whether that’s online or face-to-face indoors or outdoors.
  • If you’re meeting face-to-face, check out more detailed guidance for completing your risk assessments.
  • If you’re meeting online, Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online. If you’re not sure how to cook over Zoom, check out our top tips. Don’t forget to give people plenty of notice to get their ingredients and equipment ready.
  • You could ask the group to find out some information about other Eid traditions or foods to share during your meeting too.
  • Check out the video at the bottom of this page for a quick cooking tutorial from Yusuf, the MSChef!

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Do the activity outside if possible – you could use a dining shelter or large tarpaulin if you need to.
  • Make sure everyone stays appropriately social distanced throughout the activity.
  • Make sure people clean their hands before using any equipment and again straight afterwards.
  • Clean equipment between different users where possible.
  • Set up a hand cleaning station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Have a plan for washing up the equipment – it won’t work for everyone to crowd around the same sink.
  • Consider how you’ll manage activities that require close supervision, for example, you could use increased instruction, face coverings, and extra cleaning.

 

Bake your baklava

Ingredients

  • 200g roasted, shelled pistachios
  • 300g shelled walnuts
  • 500g filo pastry
  • 100g melted ghee
  • 100g honey
  • Half teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 300ml water

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 20–25 mins

Serves: 8

  1. Finely chop or blend 50g of your pistachios, then keep them to one side to use later.
  2. Blend the rest of the pistachios and all of the walnuts into a fine crumb.
  3. Lay out the filo pastry sheets and cut them to fit the shape of your chosen baking tin.
  4. Layer 150g of filo pastry into your tin one sheet at a time, brushing each sheet with melted ghee.
  5. Sprinkle half of the pistachio and walnut mixture evenly over the top.
  6. Layer another 150g of filo, again brushing between each layer with ghee.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining nut mixture on top.
  8. Layer the final sheets of filo and brush well with ghee.
  9. Carefully cut shapes into the baklava and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 20–25 minutes until it’s golden brown.
  10. While it’s baking, put the honey, orange blossom water, sugar and water into a pan and bring to a simmer for two minutes.
  11. Pour the syrup over the cooked baklava and allow to cool to room temperature before serving.
  12. Share and enjoy!

Reflection

This activity was also a chance to think about being a local, national, and international citizen. Did people come together with others in their community? How did it feel to share things like food with others? Were there similarities between people’s own values and attitudes and the values and attitudes of others? Part of being a global citizen is learning about different cultures and beliefs and identifying the things people have in common.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Food

Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.

Sharp objects

Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

Cooking

Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.