Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Viki's Baklava!!

1 lb Filo dough
1 lb very finely chopped walnuts (can use pecans)
1 Tbsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp sugar
1/2 to 3/4 lb butter

Blend walnuts, cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Use one sheet of filo dough at a time and sprinkle it with nut mixture in the middle and spread (very carefully) to the edges. You only need to cover about the first 2/3 of the filo dough. Using a 1/2 inch diameter dowel, roll up each layer and crimp the sides so that it scrunches into the middle. Place in a buttered pan with the (dough) seal on the bottom. (Work quickly as the filo dries out very fast)

Pour butter with a spoon over each piece and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Should be golden brown. Remove from oven and pour syrup over the top and allow to soak a few minutes. Drain on baking rack over night. (Although we ate it when it was still warm and it was very delicious!)

5 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups water
few drops lemon
2-3 tsp cinnamon

Bring sugar, water and cinnamon to a boil. Add lemon juice and boil for 3-4 minutes still syrup begins to form a string. It is best to make this while the baklave is baking and set aside until ready to use.

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