WALNUT BAKLAVA

 

  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes + cooling
  • Servings: 3 dozen
  • Preparation Time: 1-1/4 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the walnuts, sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Grease a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish with some of the melted butter. Unroll phyllo dough sheets (keep dough covered with plastic wrap while assembling).
  • Place one sheet of phyllo in baking dish; brush with butter. Top with a second sheet; brush with butter. Fold short ends under to fit dish. Sprinkle with about 1/4 cup nut mixture. Repeat 18 times, layering two sheets, brushing with butter and sprinkling with nut mixture. Top with remaining dough; brush with butter. Cut into 2-in. diamonds with a sharp knife.
  • Bake at 350 F. for 45-55 minutes in until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Pour over warm baklava. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: about 3 dozen.
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Notes

I had this Greek pastry for the first time in a restaurant and I was not overly thrilled with it. So when I ran across this recipe and saw how easy is was to make I decided to try it. I liked my version much better, which will no doubt cause an uproar. So to anyone who has tried this dessert I want you to make this one and let me know if you like it, maybe it tastes nothing like it is suppose to.

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