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GREEK BAKLAVA

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Ingredients

  • Makes about 24 pieces:
  • 1-pound (#4) phyllo pastry, thawed and at room temperature
  • ¾ pound unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 2 cups coarsely ground walnuts
  • 2 cups coarsely ground toasted almonds
  • 2 heaping teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • For the syrup:
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 and ½ cups Greek honey
  • 2 cups water
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Garnish: ground cinnamon

Instructions

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Preheat oven to 350 °F, 180 °C.

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Make the syrup:Combine all of the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan. Mix well and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

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Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Set aside.

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Take the phyllo out of its packaging and unroll it. Lay it flat onto a cutting board or clean work surface. Place a baking dish over the phyllo and cut the sheets to fit the inside of the pan.

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Note:I usually cut my phyllo roll into 2 equal stacks to fit a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.

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Brush the bottom of the baking pan with butter and lay 4 sheets over it. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the nut mixture over top.

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Take 4 -5 sheets of phyllo and set them aside for the top of the baklava. Cover them with a clean kitchen towel.

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Layer 2 sheets of phyllo in the pan and sprinkle some nut filling over top. Continue this pattern of 2 phyllo sheets and nuts until all of the nuts mixture and phyllo are used. Place the reserved 4 sheets of phyllo on top.

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Cut the baklava into 24 squares or diamond shaped pieces.

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Pour all of the melted butter over top and sprinkle some water (about 3 tablespoons) over the edges of the baklava.

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Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour or until golden brown on top.

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Remove from the oven and pour the cooled syrup over the baklava.

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Set aside and allow the baklava to absorb all of the syrup. About 4 hours.

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Serve alongside some Greek coffee.

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Enjoy!

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