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Recipe Creator: Lana Viljoen
Styling & Photography: Luzaan van Heerden

Mannabrew and Cashew Nut Baklava Fingers

Mannabrew and Cashew Nut Baklava Fingers

Makes 10

Difficulty: Moderate
Preparation time: 2 hours + 1 hour resting time
Cooking time: 45 minutes


100g bread flour
45g MannaBrew Organic Mesquite Flour
75ml (5 tbsp) lukewarm water
pinch of salt
12.5ml (2.5 tsp) canola oil
7.5ml (1½ tsp) apple cider vinegar
35ml (7 tsp) cornstarch for rolling out the filo dough


125ml (½ cup) MannaBrew Superfood Espresso, strong brewed and cooled
125ml (½ cup) brown sugar
80ml (⅓ cup) honey
25ml (5 tsp) cocoa powder
10ml (2 tsp) molasses


80g cashew nuts, roasted and finely chopped
40g pecan nuts, roasted and finely chopped
50g salted butter


10g pistachio nuts, roasted and finely chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and brush a 15cm x 10cm baking tin with melted butter.
  2. For the filo dough, combine all the ingredients, except the corn flour, in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine, then turn the mixture out onto a clean surface.
  3. Knead until smooth and elastic, 10 minutes. The dough should bounce back when pressed with a finger.
  4. Pour boiling water into a medium-sized glass bowl and let it sit for 5 minutes. Empty and dry the bowl, then place it upside down over the dough to rest for an hour.
  5. Remove the glass bowl and cut the dough into 6 even portions.
  6. Dust the surface with corn flour and roll each portion of dough until it is paper-thin. Cover it with a clean, damp cloth to prevent the filo from drying out and crumbling.
  7. For the syrup, combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and boil for 1 minute. Refrigerate until cold.
  8. For the filling, combine the cashew nuts and pecan nuts.
  9. To assemble, lay out a sheet of filo and cut it into 15cm x 15cm squares. Please keep all the unused filo under the damp cloth to prevent it from drying out.
  10. Brush a filo square with melted butter and evenly spread a heaped tablespoon of the filling onto the square. Repeat with a second layer of filo and nuts. Roll up tightly and place on the prepared baking tray. Repeat with the remaining.
  11. Brush the top and sides of each roll with the melted butter and cut into 3 portions each.
  12. Bake until golden and crisp, 40-45 minutes.
  13. Pour the syrup over the warm baklava fingers and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes. Transfer to a baking tray.
  14. To serve, sprinkle each baklava finger with the pistachio nuts.

TIP: For a different flavour profile, replace the nuts with a mixture of macadamia, walnuts, and almonds.

Mannabrew and Cashew Nut Baklava Fingers

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