Sunday, May 9, 2010

Baklava



You know that I love to cook and bake, but that I sometimes take some short cuts to make life a little bit easier. Here's my take on the delicious Greek dessert, baklava. Purists will wonder why the recipe is short on honey, but pastry lovers will savor the flaky pastry. As soon as this is made, it will be gone! This makes a great dish to take to a party or event and always receives many compliments. It's so simple, it's almost cheating!

Ingredients
1 sleeve phyllo dough, thawed
1 stick butter, melted
Syrup
• 1/4 cup sugar
• ½ cup honey
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Filling
• 1 cup finely chopped almonds
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions
For the syrup: Place sugar, honey, water,& lemon juice in a pan & bring to boil.
Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool.
For the Pastry: Lay out phyllo dough, cut in half& trim to fit the pan.
4-5 sheets of phyllo per section, spreading a little bit of melted butter in between EACH sheet of phyllo.
Combine filling ingredients, and spread 1/3 or ¼ of the mixture over phyllo dough.
Cover with 2nd group of 4-5 sheets of dough, lightly buttering between each sheet.
Continue to layer pastry and filling until all ingredients are used.
With a serrated knife, cut into triangles before baking.
Drizzle evenly with melted butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove from oven & pour cooled syrup over hot baklava.

Happy Mothers Day to everyone!

xoxo

11 comments:

  1. this is not helping my waistline... at all!!!!

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  2. I just found your blog and absolutely love it! That Baklava recipes sounds and looks absolutely divine!

    xo

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  3. I did not realize that Baklava was so easy to make. I always rely on the bakery or a Greek restaurant for mine. I always thought it was a skill handed down from Greek mother to Greek daughter. Imagine my shock when someone left me a message to bring a tray of baklava for an event. Now with your recipe, I will always be able to comply. I just love baklava.

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  4. Mmmmm one of my faves! I know a shortcut to the middle eastern bakery where I buy baklava but I like your shortcut too!

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  5. This recipe sounds yummy! Happy Mother's Day!

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  6. That looks divine!
    Happy Mother's Day!

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  7. I love Baklava more than my luggage!

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  8. Actually, I've found Baklava to be TOO sweet for me... so if you have cut out some of the honey, that might be just the thing for me!

    xoxo

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  9. Baklava is one of my favorite treats. I developed a love for it after studying in Greece! xx

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  10. I realize this is a super old post BUT I it was under today's as a recommended post.. and if I see a picture of Baklava then I am clicking on it!! I just printed out this recipe! I have always wanted to try making baklava but get so scared- this recipe seems manageable though. Thank you for sharing :)

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