Monday, June 27, 2011

Dare to Bake: Plight of the Nuts

We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming of Chocolate with a Soul to bring you this month's Daring Bakers challenge. I opted out of May's challenge due to lameness...but this time I was ready!

Erica of Erica’s Edibles was our host for the Daring Baker’s June challenge. Erica challenged us to be truly DARING by making homemade phyllo dough and then to use that homemade dough to make Baklava.

Baklava is a traditional Turkish dessert made of filo pastry filled with a nut mixture and soaked in a honey/sugar syrup. Yum?! But this tasty treat may soon feel the impacts of a changing climate. Temperature, particularly a cold winter period, plays a key role in the flowering a nut trees. With warmer weather in important growing regions, such as California and the Mediterranean, this critical step may be absent. On the list of nuts to watch, pistachios and walnuts are A-list. Read more about why we should be concerned about climate impact on fruit and nuts.

But, let us not allow the impending doom of some of our favorite food items get us down. Celebrate their flavor in this Baklava...and start reining in your carbon footprint tomorrow!
Phyllo Dough
185 g flour
3/4 g salt
1/2 cup water
2 tbs oil
1/2 tsp cider vinegar

3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water

3/4 cup almonds
3/4 cup walnuts
1/3 cups sugar + 10 drops stevia + 1 tbs maple
2 tbs coconut oil/olive oil

Follow the directions in the linked pdf. It's complicated and not worth me spelling out. Just note that I made this in a pan about half the size recommended in the recipe. Thanks for the fun challenge. This recipe is a keeper (as long as there are nuts in my kitchen...)

What would be the most devastating fruit or nut to lose to climate change?

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