Originally from the Ottomon Empire, baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made from layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. This raw baklava recreates the recipe using only plant-based ingredients. Apple chips are layered with a date and walnut paste, drizzled with a creamy vanilla sauce, and topped with chopped pistachios. This dessert is truly out of this world.

Apple Baklava [Vegan]

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Serves

9

Cooking Time

30

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Ingredients

For the Baklava:

  • 2 big apples
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • A pinch of each: ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground cloves

For the Vanilla Sauce:

  • 1 cup cashew soaked
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios, for topping
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Preparation

  1. The day before, slice the apples thinly with a mandolin. Dry the apple slices in a dehydrator until they are crisp, about 6-8 hours.
  2. The next day, place all the filling ingredients in a food processor and process until you end up with a sticky mixture.
  3. Cover the base of the square cake form with cling film. Take a third of the apple chips and place them closely positioned on top of the cling film. Cover the apple chips with half of the amount of the nut filling. Go on with a second third of the apple chips and place them closely positioned on the nut filling.
  4. Now take the rest of the nut filling to cover the apple chips again. End the baklava cake with the remaining apple chips. Press the baklava cautiously down so that it sticks together.
  5. Cut the baklava cake with a sharp knife into nine or more pieces.
  6. For the vanilla sauce, blend all sauce ingredients until smooth.
  7. Serve the baklavas with vanilla sauce and chopped pistachios.
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