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Baklava, made with layers of flaky phyllo dough stuffed with a sweet nutty filling, is a very traditional Mediterranean dessert.
Servings: 12 pieces
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • [1/2] tsp. ground cinnamon
  • [1/2] tsp. ground nutmeg
  • [1/4] cup sugar
  • [1/4] tsp. salt
  • 25 (8x8-in.) sheets phyllo dough
  • [1/2] cup melted butter
  • 1 cup Simple Syrup (recipe in Chapter 22), at room temperature
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a chopping blade, blend walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and salt for 30 seconds.
  3. In an 8x8-inch pan, begin to layer phyllo dough. Add 10 sheets, buttering each sheet as you lay it in the pan. Then sprinkle phyllo dough with [1/2] of nut mixture. Layer next 5 phyllo sheets, brushing each sheet with butter. Sprinkle rest of nut mixture over top, and add remaining 10 layers of phyllo, again brushing each sheet with butter.
  4. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 12 equal pieces. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until phyllo turns golden brown.
  5. Pour Simple Syrup over baklava, and let it soak for at least 2 hours before serving.
Tasty Tip
If you don't like walnuts, you definitely don't have to use them in this recipe. Almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, and even peanuts are all great alternatives in baklava.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 311 Fat: 16g Saturated fat: 6g Carbohydrates: 38g Sodium: 295mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 4g Cholesterol: 20mg
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