Saturday, August 27, 2011

Baklava




Hubby and I went one time to Super Tom's to eat lunch. As usual we ordered our favorite Pastrami Sandwich and fried mushrooms. Then I noticed these small slices of bread-like snacks on the counter placed individually in cupcake papers. So I asked the the lady what was it and she said it's Baklava. It was the first time I heard of it and she said it is a Greek favorite. She said it's easy to make too! It was for sale so I bought a piece for a dollar. When I tried it, it tasted like some of the Filipino snacks (rice cake, espasol and so on). It was not bad, I just didn't like probably how it was made, it was so greasy and the dough tasted like it was old. I wanna try to make one so I searched for the recipe and found this at allrecipes.com. I need to look for the phyllo dough since I haven't heard of it before. They say it is found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. So let's try if this tastes better than the one I tried.



1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
1 pound chopped nuts
1 cup butter
1 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(175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll 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 diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake papers. This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.

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