Monday, March 18, 2013

Baklava

I've always wanted to make baklava.  I've seen them in grocery stores, and I actually tried it once.  It was like a hard piece of rubber.  I thought to myself.  Wow, this is awful.  I bet homemade would be on the opposite end of the spectrum and be fantastic!  And I was right!  My sister and I spent Sunday afternoon making these.  This was such a treat!  And the baklava tasted Di-Vine!




  

Baklava

Adapted from a recipe found at Allrecipe



Ingredients You'll Need:

1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
2 cups toasted chopped pecans
1 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
Toss cinnamon with the Toasted pecans.  Please toast them.  It adds soo much flavor to them!  Set aside. Unroll the phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. 
Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep.
Using a sharp knife cut into square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. 4 rows across and 4 down.  Then make diagonal cuts. They'll look like tiny finger sandwiches.  Bake for about 40 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
Make the sauce while the baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.  The smell is amazing.  I bet this would go excellent on pancakes as well.
Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.

Enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. I absolutely adore baklava. There is a Greek Orthodox Church around the corner from my house and every June they have a Greek Festival with music and dancing and fireworks and carnival rides and food. I totally go for the food. The spanikopita and the gyros and the baklava are absolutely amazing. I have never made it at home because it seems so intimidating. But this sounds like something I could handle. I'm interested to see how it compares to the authentic one I pick up at the festival. Thanks!

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    1. Oh that sounds wonderful!! We don't have anything like that around here. And I just adore Gyros! Thanks for visiting!

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