Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Baklava



Today's posting for Greek Week has everyone we know in a total uproar. They can't believe that we actually made it because everyone thinks it is so difficult to do, when in reality this had to have been one of the easiest dishes we have ever done. Everyone we have given samples too have simply fell in love with this dish. We keep hearing how wonderful it is and how it is the best they have ever had. The making of this dish was by request from my friend Nicole, according to her I hit the nail on the head with this dish and it was perfect. My husband took some to a friend of his who is Greek, and according to him, he loves ours better than the traditional, and his wife was amazed on how good it was that she wants this recipe.



½ Lbs. - Honey Roasted Peanuts ( chopped )
½ Lbs. - Honey Roasted Cashews ( chopped )
2 Tsp. - Ground Cinnamon
1 16oz. box - Phyllo Dough ( thawed )
1 Stick - Melted Butter
1 C. - Sugar
1 C. - Water
½ C. - Honey
1 ½ Tsp. - Vanilla
1 Tsp. - Lemon Zest

Toss together the cinnamon and chopped nuts in a bowl. Unroll the phyllo and cover with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out. In a buttered 13x9 baking pan place 2 sheets of phyllo down, brush generously with butter. Sprinkle 3 Tbs. Of the nut mix over the top of the phyllo, repeat layers until all of the nuts have been used. On top of the last layer of nuts place 6 sheets of phyllo and generously brush with butter. Using a sharp knife cut the Baklava ( all the way to the bottom ) into 4 long rows, then cut across width way to make the size bar you would like. In a preheated 350 degree oven cook the Baklava for 50 minutes, or until golden and crisp. While the Baklava is baking, combine sugar & water in a small sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir in the honey, vanilla and lemon zest, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. When the Baklava is done remove from the oven and immediately spoon the syrup over the entire dessert Let cool completely before serving.


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28 comments:

Selba said...

Wow! Baklava! I had my first baklava when I was in Turkey :)

This baklava looks so yummy...

Risa said...

I love Baklava and always assumed it would be much more difficult to make. Thanks for sharing!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh, I LOVE this simple version, honey roasted nuts are my favorite. I have put this on my list to make. SO SO delicious Mary Beth!

Debbie said...

I love baklava but have never attempted to make it myself! Great job!

Cathy said...

Baklava is a big favorite with my family but I've never tried to make it. Always assumed it was difficult and very time consuming. Your version looks truly heavenly.

Amy said...

I love baklava. It's one of my favorite desserts. I'm think I'm craving some now!

Barbara J. Galasso said...

Wow...I haven't had baklava for some time and when I saw this recipe, I said, "I can do that!" So I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing this!

Melissa said...

I made baklava once and had so much fun! Your delicious looking post makes me want to make it again.

5 Star Foodie said...

A wonderful recipe for baklava - it looks heavenly and I would so love a piece!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've always wanted to make this but was too intimidated. I may try this now, you have me sold.

It looks gorgeous Mary Beth!

Grace said...

count me among the folks who love baklava almost more than life itself. it's the perfect dessert--sweet, crunchy, nutty, and crispy. what more could you ask for?

Amanda said...

Wow nice to hear you had such rave reviews! It really looks perfect :)

Bunny said...

I've never made this before, I need to put this on my list of things to make! Very nice!

teresa said...

I love you for posting this! My hubs can't usually eat baklava becaue of the walnuts or pecans, but now i can just make this recipe! Thank you!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Baklava is one of my all time favourites. Yours looks great!

Tangled Noodle said...

This looks and sounds amazing! Baklava is a favorite treat but something that I always thought I'd have to buy. Thanks for this great recipe!

Jason Wong said...

Thanks for the Baklava recipe. We had that sometime late last year at a Bulgarian restaurant. May be I could try the recipe that you have here with some tweaks due to the lack of certain ingredients.

Jessie said...

I've had baklava once and since then I've been wanting to make my own! I love your recipe and the ingredients you used :)

Sunshine Mom said...

I love, love, love Baklava, but have never had the courage to try making it for myself. Now I think I'll give it a try with your recipe!!

Lisa said...

I do love Baklava but haven't made it in so long. It does seem daunting but then again with all of those luscious ingredients could you really go wrong? Thanks for reminding me of this sweet favorite!

Ricardo said...

Really looks wonderful and delicious :) xx Rico-Recipes

Maria♥ said...

Your Baklava looks amazing!

Maria
x

HoneyB said...

I love baklava! My only problem is that I can't leave it be after I get it around me! Looks delicious!

Lexie said...

My mouth is watering just looking at these! I was looking for a dessert to make this weekend and I think I am going to have to make this Baklava :)

Anonymous said...

That is on the picture not a baklava. It is just a desert with nuts. If you want to know what the real baklava is you need to take a vacation to Turkey.

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