Clever Chicks Blog Hop #14 with Baklava Recipe

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.
Assembly Instructions
Preheat oven to 300°F. 
 Chop nuts in food processor and toss with cinnamon. Set aside.
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 baklava.

Pay no attention to the cutting pattern in this photo. 
the diagram was not closely followed.


This Week’s Featured Blogs
You are some hard-core bloggers- even in the busy week leading up to Christmas, you still managed to link up nearly 300 posts! Thank you all for taking the time to share your talents!

This week’s featured blogs are welcome to grab the Clever Chicks Featured button for their blog!

Hanging ornament clusters from Practical Stewardship.

Olive Cheese Puffs from Ms. enPlace.

Secret Recipe for Caramel Candy from Serenity Cove.

Lemon Green Tea Soap instructions from She’s Gone Digital.
Clever Chicks Blog Hop #14
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TheChickenChickMary DenmanChristie CampbellAmandaLoretta Ray Recent comment authors

Cool! My pleasure. I hope it brings back some fond memories! 🙂

Mary Denman
Mary Denman

Kathy, I'm so excited to see this recipe! My neighbors growing up were Greek and Mrs. Kanos, my neighbor across the street, taught me how to make Baklava. I lost the recipe but this looks like it! Spreading the nuts every couple of layers was key. So I'm thrilled to see this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

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