Baklava II

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This is my delicious recipe for baklava. I have been asked by several of my Turkish friends to share the recipe and I have been told that cinnamon adds a nice touch.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ¼ lemon

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ pounds chopped almonds

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen phyllo pastry, thawed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 cups sugar, water, honey, cinnamon stick, lemon and vanilla. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes, skimming any foam that is formed. Set side.

  2. In a small bowl, combine chopped almonds, 2 tablespoons sugar, ground cinnamon and cloves; set aside. Brush butter on bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Each sheet of phyllo dough is twice as big as the pan, so cut each in half, making 2 sheets. Place a sheet of phyllo on bottom of pan, and brush with melted butter. Repeat process for a total of 8 sheets, buttering each. Sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of nut mixture evenly over the phyllo, and cover with 4 more sheets, buttering each. Continue sprinkling nuts after every 4 sheets of phyllo, until all but 8 sheets (4 full sheets) are used.

  3. Use remaining 8 sheets for the top layer, buttering each sheet of phyllo. Before buttering the last sheet, tuck in any loose edges. Press down layers with palms of your hands. Pour remaining butter over the top. With a large knife, cut 5 strips lengthwise about 1/2 inch deep, then cut diagonally to form diamond shapes.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and immediately pour syrup over baklava. Allow to cool thoroughly. Cut diamonds to go all the way through, and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
27g Fat
45g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 93mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 235mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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