Saturday, August 25, 2007

Baklava

I got this recipe from a fellow nestie, Elly, from her Bakespace Page. I made the recipe per her specifications, with two exceptions: As I made the syrup, I added a vanilla bean. The other change I made was I didn't have a whole pound of walnuts, so I used a half pound of walnuts and a half pound of almonds.

Being that I like to do things the old fashioned way, I used an old, cast iron meat grinder to grind the nuts. Therefore preserving all of the oils in the nuts.

1 package phyllo dough (16 oz.)
1 c. butter, melted

Filling:
1/2 lb. chopped toasted walnuts
1/2 lb. chopped toasted almonds
1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Syrup
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 c. honey
1 T lemon juice
1 vanilla bean

Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 9x13 pan.

Mix walnuts,cinnamon and cloves, and set aside. [Phyllo can be really hard to work with. You should keep a moist cloth over the dough you are not working with, to keep it from drying out. Layer 2 sheets of phyllo on the bottom of the prepared pan. Brush melted butter over the second sheet. Place another 2 sheets on top, and brush more butter. Continue this until you have layered 8-10 phyllo sheets, with butter every 2 sheets. Sprinkle nut/cinnamon mixture after every 8th/10th sheet of phyllo. Repeat layering of phyllo & nut mixture. Cut into squares/diamonds about 2-3" wide.

Bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sugar, honey, water and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Bring to just a boil and then remove from heat. Pour over the baklava when you take it out of the oven. Let cool and serve!

4 comments:

Ally said...

Looks awesome! I love baklava!!

Jaime said...

Thank you!

DeborahSW said...

This sounds wonderful! :)

Sophie said...

Even though I'm a little hispanic girl, I actually prefer baklava over flan! My fiance is part Lebanese, he's the one that introduced me to this wonderful dessert that's definitely on my top 5 list of favorites. Oh, also wanted to mention that I read your profile, you sound so cool! So, what should I ask regarding your taste in music?! I love it, I'm obsessed with it; I live in the live music capitol of the world (Austin) but I can't afford to go to all the concerts here, so I just manage a music blog, also a food blog...I'm pretty much a blog addict. Anyway, your food sounds/looks delicious, a nice European mix; a lot of my fav dishes that I need to practice cooking! Happy blogging, nice "meeting" U :).

--Sophie