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Baklava

A sweet, rich and nutty dessert that goes very well with tea.

Ingredients

Filling

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Phyllo

  • Phyllo pastry - may get from frozen section of grocery store
  • 2 sticks butter - melted

Syrup

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamon powder
  • ¼ tsp clove powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ inch lemon rind

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients for filling.
  2. Butter 9x13 pan.
  3. Place 7 layers of phyllo sheet, buttering between each layer. Keep phyllo sheet under a wet cloth while working with it. Work quickly with it or phyllo sheet can dry out.
  4. Spread filling in a thin layer.
  5. Place another 7 layers of phyllo sheet, again buttering between each layer.
  6. Spread filling in a thin layer again.
  7. Keep repeating until all of filling is used up, end with phyllo sheets on the top.
  8. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava diagonally.
  9. Bake in preheated oven of 350F for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven.
  11. Place all syrup ingredients in a saucepan and slowly mix all until sugar is dissolved.
  12. Pour syrup over top of baklava. Adjust how much syrup is added to sweetness desired.

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