Tuesday, December 29, 2009


I've always wanted to make baklava, but it looked so complicated to me.  I decided to go for it anyway and  I was pleasantly surprised.  It's actually very easy; it just takes a little time.  Here's the recipe I used.

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup honey
Boil all ingredients together to form a thin syrup.  Let the syrup cool while you make the pastry.

1 pound finely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups butter, clarified
1 pound phyllo pastry sheets
Preheat oven to 350*.  Combine the walnuts, sugar, and the spices.  Brush the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan with butter and line with 1 pastry sheet.  Brush on more butter, repeating this process until you have 10 sheets.  Brush with butter and sprinkle with nut mixture.  Add 10 more pastry sheets, buttering between each sheet; sprinkle with nut mixture.  Repeat this until you are out of ingredients.  With a sharp paring knife, cut half way through the pastry, making diamond shapes.
Bake for 20 minutes or until dough is slightly golden on top.  Turn the oven down to 250* and  bake for another 1 1/2 hours.

Pour the cooled syrup over the hot pastry.  Cool for several hours and cut into diamonds.

1 comment:

Happy Hermit (happilyhiddenhermit@gmail.com) said...

ooh , I so love baklava , i make it sometimes for my husband with very thing slices of apple throughout. It is just Wonderful !!