A Greek Classic: Baklava

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a  9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes or until golden and crisp.
  5. 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.
  6. Remove the baklava from the oven and immediately spoon the syrup over it.

Enjoy!

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