Goats Cheese Date and Thyme Savoury Baklava 2 I was excited when I received an email from the editor of Thooq Magazine, the UAEs first home grown culinary magazine to contribute to Issue 6. The theme was Middle Eastern with a modern twist and a focus on sharing. That is totally up my alley, I thought. Being a third culture kid has definitely influenced my cooking style as I find myself trying new things in the kitchen. So, I decided on a recipe that embraces local taste and ingredients with a modern twist - A little like myself I would like to think. It doesn't get more middle eastern than 'baklava' but for this recipe I decided to switch things up by making it savoury. I whipped up these Goat's Cheese, Date & Thyme Baklava and tested it out at home. They were gone in seconds (So much for sharing). Its a delicious mix of savoury, sweet, tangy, and crunchy, the perfect appetiser for a get together. Goats Cheese Date and Thyme Savoury Baklava  
Goat's Cheese & Date Baklava
 
Ingredients
  • 250g Samosa Pastry/ Wonton Wrappers
  • Soft Goats Cheese
  • 5 sprigs of Thyme 5 for garnish
  • 200g Date Paste
  • 2 tablespoons ghee (melted)
  • sea salt for seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
Instructions
  1. Leave the pastry out to defrost for at least 2 hours prior to working with it to prevent drying.
  2. Cut the pastry into equal sized squares size of 3”x3” (You will need 45 squares to make 15 pieces). Cut the goats cheese into coin sized pieces, roughly 3mm thick (20g each)
  3. Roll the date paste into balls the size of blueberries (5g each)
  4. Preheat oven to 200 C
  5. To Assemble
  6. Lay 3 squares of pastry one over the other, diagonally as if making a star. Brush each layer of pastry with ghee
  7. Place the goats cheese in the middle
  8. Place the date paste ball in the centre over the goats cheese
  9. Continue until you have 15 or as many as desired
  10. Sprinkle the filling with thyme and sea salt
  11. To seal, using water to stick the pastry, press together the two opposite sides
  12. Pastry should resemble a rose
  13. Brush with additional ghee if desired
  14. Bake at 200C for 20 minutes
  15. Drizzle with pomegranate molasses
Notes
Date paste is readily available in Dubai. However if unavailable it is easy to make your own. Soak 500g of pitted dates in 200ml of hot water overnight. Drain the dates, blend until it reaches a smooth consistency. Refrigerate until needed.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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