Friday, February 5, 2010

On a Lighter Note - Baklava!!!!

The yummiest Greek dessert ever! I've loved this dessert ever since I was a child, having it at Greek restaurants and always wanting to know how this delicious layered dessert is put together, and well, after buying the package of phyllo dough to make the equally delicious spanakopita, there was just enough dough left for such yumminess! Enjoy!

(what remains of said dessert - forgot to take beginning pictures)

Baklava

Ingredients:
1 box of phyllo dough (16 oz)
1 pound chopped nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)
1 cup butter (melted)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla (I used the tsp. of vanilla as well as a tsp of orange extract....for extra yumminess)
1/2 cup honey

Directions:
- Heat oven to 350
- butter a 9x13 inch pan (i used glass and it worked just fine)
- chop the nuts and mix w/ the cinnamon (set aside)
- place 2 sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly
- sprinkle 2-3 Tbs of nut mix over the top
- place 2 more sheets of dough
- butter thoroughly
- add nut mixture
- Repeat this process until you are almost to the top
- last layer is 6-8 layers of dough, (buttered thoroughly between every 2)
- go ahead and cut into your pieces (whether you want triangles, squares, or rectangles...makes it easier for the sauce to soak in later on)
- place in the oven and bake for 50 minutes

Sauce:
Boil the sugar and water until sugar is dissolved. Add the vanilla (and orange extract if you'd like) and honey, simmer for 20 minutes (I suggest making the sauce about half an hour into the dough baking)

Remove the baklava from the over and immediately pour the sauce over the top (it will bubble with deliciousness!) - It is ready to eat when you are!!!!

I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as I do.... :) :)

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love Baklava, and I always thought it would be too hard to make. It doesn't look too bad, I will give it a try!!

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