Baklava
 
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
Ingredients
  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
  • 1 pound chopped nuts(4 cups)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups of water
  • 1½ cup of whiter sugar
  • 1½ tsps of vanilla
  • ¾ cup of honey
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F(175 degrees C).
  2. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch pan with non stick spray.
  3. Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unroll phyllo dough.
  6. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan.
  7. One package will make one 9 x 13 pan of Baklava.
  8. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work.
  9. Place two sheets of phyllo dough in the pan, butter thoroughly. (I melt the butter and gently brush it on with a pastry brush.)
  10. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered.
  11. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top.
  12. Top with two sheets of phyllo dough, butter the dough, add 2 -3 tablespoons more of the nuts and repeat, layering as you go.
  13. (There will be about 12 thin layers of nuts.)
  14. The top layer will be like the bottom layer and should be about 8 sheets deep, no nuts within the top 8 layers.
  15. We do this to create a somewhat solid layer to hold the Baklava together once cut.
  16. Using a sharp knife cut into square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan.
  17. Bake for about 50 minutes until the Baklava is golden and crisp.
  18. Make the sauce while the baklava is baking.
  19. Boil the sugar and water just until the sugar is melted.
  20. Add the vanilla and honey.
  21. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  22. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it.
  23. And yes, use all the sauce, it looks like a lot but the layers of pastry will absorb every last drop of it! Allow to cool.
Recipe by Nutmeg Disrupted at http://nutmegdisrupted.com/making-baklava-at-home/