Baklava Yoghurt Sponge Cake

Ingredients

1 cup pistachios 

450g packet vanilla slab sponge cakes, halved horizontally (see tip)

1 ¾ cups vanilla yogurt

125g punnet raspberries

pashmak fairy floss (optional), edible flowers, to serve 

FILLO PASTRY LAYERS

1 cup walnuts

½ cup pistachios

1 tbsp caster sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground cardamom

16 sheets Antoniou Fillo Pastry

100g butter, melted 

SPICED SYRUP

1 cup water

½ cup sugar

¼ cup honey

5 cloves

3 cardamom seeds, crushed

1 cinnamon quill

Recipe Tips

If preferred use round sponges and cut the filo stacks round to fit the size of the cake before baking.

As an alternative decorate with raspberries, strawberries or dust with icing sugar.

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Lightly grease and line 2 oven trays.

FILLO PASTRY LAYERS

In a food processor, pulse nuts, sugar and spices to a fine crumb. Place one fillo sheet on a clean work surface, brush with butter.

Sprinkle over about 1 tablespoon of the nut mixture. Top with 1 more fillo sheet, crumpling slightly. Repeat with another 6 fillo sheets, brushing with butter and sprinkling with nut mixture, finishing with a fillo layer. Repeat with remaining fillo, nut mixture and butter to make another stack.

Cut each stack into two 14 x 18cm rectangles (the same dimensions as sponge cake layers). Lift onto trays with offcuts. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden and crisp. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

SPICED SYRUP

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine all syrup ingredients. Bring to the boil on medium, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and simmer, without stirring, 10 minutes until thick and syrupy (brush sides with water to remove sugar crystals and prevent crystallisation). 

In a small food processor, pulse 1 cup pistachios to a fine crumb. Hold each cake half in the palm of your hand. Dip each side into the spiced syrup, then press cake sides into pistachios to coat. 

Roughly crush raspberries with a fork and swirl through yoghurt.

ASSEMBLING

Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of syrup. Spread thinly with ¼ cup of raspberry yoghurt. Top with one fillo stack, spread with another ¼ cup of yoghurt. Repeat with remaining cake, syrup, yoghurt and fillo stacks, finishing with fillo layer.

Decorate with shards of fillo, remaining chopped pistachios, pashmak and edible flowers.