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Mom's Baklava

 
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Mom's Baklava recipe

Yield

16

servings

Prep

45

min

Cook

60

min

Ready

130

min

Trans-fat Free, High Fiber
 

Ingredients

3 cups almonds
ground
4 cups walnuts
ground
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 each cinnamon sticks
*
1 ½ cups honey
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
grated
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ cups butter
melted
1 pound phyllo (filo) pastry sheets
thawed

Directions

Spread nuts in a shallow baking pan and toast at 300℉ (150℃) for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool.

Combine ¾ cup sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.

Boil until clear.

Add honey and heat until well-blended.

Cool and remove cinnamon stick.

Combine ½ cup sugar, lemon peel, and ground cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

Mash together with back of a spoon to blend citrus oil with sugar.

Add cooled toasted nuts and mix well.

Butter a 9x13 inch pan.

Line it with 3 sheets of filo, each of which has been brushed with melted butter.

Let filo overlap sides of pan.

Sprinkle with ½ cup of nut mixture.

Repeat, alternating 2 sheets of buttered filo and nut mixture, ending with filo.

(After the second set of sheets overlap the edges of the pan, start folding the sheets in half after they are buttered. They will fit almost perfectly in the pan.)

After you put in the final sheet of filo, fold the filo that has been hanging off the pan back onto the top sheet of filo so you have a neat, sealed package.

Using a razor blade or very sharp knife, cut through the top layer of filo, making lengthwise strips 1½ inches wide.

Cut diagonally, making diamonds.

Bake at 325℉ (160℃) for 1 hour or until golden brown.

Remove from oven, place pan on rack, and quickly cut pieces through completely.

Immediately pour cooled honey syrup over the baklava.

Stop when you run out of syrup or when the baklava stops sizzling when the syrup hits it.

This will help keep it crispy and keep it from becoming soggy.

Cool and serve.

Makes about 4 dozen pieces.

Note: A whole almond can be placed on the centre of the pastry if desired.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 158g (5.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 276460% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 186g 286%
Saturated Fat 52g 262%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 183mg 61%
Sodium 1049mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 85%
Dietary Fiber 20g 80%
Sugars g
Protein 109g
Vitamin A 44% Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 31% Iron 64%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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