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    Baklava

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    Cook Time:

    1 hrs 40 mins

    40 mins

    1 hrs

    evelyn/athens's Note:

    Traditionally Greek. Always good. Once baked, the baklava has to stand for 3 hours to overnight to absorb the syrup into its layers. Whereas it is most common to find baklava made entirely with walnuts here in Greece, I prefer a combination with almonds. Sometimes I'll make the baklava using pistachios, or sometimes a 1/2-1/2 mixture of pistachios and almonds. They're all great variations on a delicious theme.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

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    Syrup

    • 2 cups honey (preferably Greek thyme honey, but no biggy if you can't get it. DO use a good quality honey, though)
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 cinnamon sticks (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • lemon peel (without pith - 4 inch-long piece)
    • orange peel (without pith - 4 inch-long piece)

    Pastry

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Make syrup first so that it can come to room temperature: In a small saucepan, combine honey, sugar and water. Bring to a slow boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Add lemon juice, cinnamon sticks and peels and cook over a medium heat for 10 minutes, until slightly thickened. Remove peels and cinnamon sticks and allow to come to room temperature before using.
    2. 2
      Combine walnuts, almonds, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and 3 tablespoons melted butter together in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
    3. 3
      Place phyllo between sheets of waxed paper and cover with a slightly damp towel to prevent phyllo from drying out. Brush bottom and sides of an 18x12-inch inch pan generously with melted butter.
    4. 4
      Place 8 phyllo sheets into bottom of pan, brushing each sheet generously with butter. Take an additional 4 sheets of phyllo and place in pan allowing sheets to drape over each of the 4 sides of pan. Brush these with melted butter.
    5. 5
      Spread 2 cups of nut mixture into pan, distributing evenly over bottom. Fold over the overlapping phyllo sheets brushing each with butter, to envelop the nut mixture.
    6. 6
      Repeat layering process 2 more times to form 3 nut layers.
    7. 7
      Top pastry with remaining phyllo dough and generously brush top layer with melted butter. Tuck in the buttered phyllo neatly around.
    8. 8
      Score through top layers of pastry with a sharp knife making 6 strips lengthwise then cut 10 strips diagonally to form diamond shaped pieces. Stud each diamond-shaped piece (and any odd looking ones near the ends of the pan) in the centre with a whole clove per piece. Pour remaining melted butter over pastry and lightly sprinkle some water on top too (wet your hand under the tap twice and shake this out over the pastry).
    9. 9
      Bake pastry in a 325°F oven for 1 hour to 75 minutes, until nicely golden-brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully spoon cool syrup over pastry. Allow to stand at least 3 hours or overnight. Cut through the scored pieces and serve.
    10. 10
      Note: The clove studding each piece is not traditionally eaten, it is removed by the person whose piece it is before eating. The clove is there to add its 'perfume' to the piece as it bakes (and it looks pretty, too).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 23, 2010

      55

      This is wonderful. I've actually been using your recipe for about a year now. It was my first time making it then and I got great reviews! A co-worker of mine requests this every potluck (and we have a lot of them!). We've TRADED food for this recipe (she's from the Philippines and makes great lumpia) and now she is asking for it again for our Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday! Thanks so much :)

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    • on June 22, 2010

      55

      I used this recipe to make Baklava for the first time and it was decadent! The flavors are so rich and meld together wonderfully. It was a lot of work, but I was certainly proud of the result. I would probably scale the recipe down next time because it made a LOT, and might not put quite so many nuts. Thank you for a great recipe to add to my "tried and true" folder :) ~Crystal

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    • on April 12, 2009

      55

      This was quite good, I must say. I subbed the walnuts with poppy seeds, and they still add up to the same amount, just coz I've had it once where they used poppy seeds and it was pretty good. I would probably make the syrup a little more runny, and 3 hours is definitely not enough, over-night is recommended, as we served it after 3 hours and the syrup wasn't right to the bottom yet, but the next day it was much better. Will experiment with it! Note: DON'T preheat your oven until you're up to the last layer as this took us 1 hour just to assemble before putting into the oven!! Simple steps but very time-consuming.

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    Nutritional Facts for Baklava

    Serving Size: 1 (2654 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 185.8
     
    Calories from Fat 109
    59%
    Total Fat 12.2 g
    18%
    Saturated Fat 4.8 g
    24%
    Cholesterol 17.7 mg
    5%
    Sodium 43.2 mg
    1%
    Total Carbohydrate 18.9 g
    6%
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    3%
    Sugars 13.7 g
    54%
    Protein 2.1 g
    4%

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