One of my all-time favorite desserts is the Greek classic baklava. During the 10th grade, I completed a project called “Around the World in 80 Days.” Each student researched a country for 80 days and along with other parts, we had to make a food from that place. My country was Greece and I made baklava. Since then, not a year goes by where I don’t make this yummy food.
Here is how you can make this delicious dessert right in your own home.
- 1 lb mixed nuts, chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 16 oz pkg phyllo dough
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
- Mix together cinnamon and nuts. Unroll phyllo and cut in half to fit the dish. Cover with a damp cloth, to keep from drying out.
- Place two sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the dish. Brush with butter. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top. Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, leaving about 6 unused sheets of phyllo left. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava (all the way through to the bottom of the dish) into four long rows, then nine times diagonally to make triangles.
- Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until golden and crisp.
- Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir in honey and vanilla. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
- Remove the baklava from the oven and immediately spoon the syrup over it.