My husband and I have a long-standing tradition of making baklava together for Christmas day. This year, he assembled while I photographed the process. ☺
|These are all of the components of the baklava prior to assembly.
Ingredients for layering
1 (16 oz) pkg phyllo dough (use both packages in the box)
1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
1 pound chopped walnuts (finely chopped in a food processor)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ingredients for sauce
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean
½ cup honey
some orange peel and lemon peel
juice of ½ a lemon
1 cinnamon stick
whole cloves for final touch
Directions for Sauce
In saucepan over medium heat, mix water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and add vanilla, honey, citrus peels, lemon juice & cinnamon stick. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat to cool & remove citrus and cinnamon stick.
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Butter the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan
. (one with square edges is better than rounded like the glass pan we used)
Unroll phyllo dough, keep covered with a damp towel while working.
Reserve 6-8 sheets of phyllo dough for the top layer. Cover & set aside.
Layer 8 sheets of phyllo dough on the bottom, buttering each
sheet with melted butter.
Sprinkle approximately 3 tablespoons
of nut mixture on top.
Add two more sheets of phyllo, buttering each individually.
**Press each sheet down firmly before buttering.**
Add a layer of nuts as shown.
Add two more sheets of dough, pressing, buttering & nutting. ☺
Repeat until nuts are gone, then place the remaining 6-8 layers on top, buttering each.
Using a very sharp knife, cut according to diagram below.
Poke one clove into center of each
Bake for approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours or until golden
brown, remove from oven & immediately
pour cooled sauce over the hot
Pay no attention to the cutting pattern in this photo.
the diagram was not closely followed.
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