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  2. Baklava

  3. Recipe By : BETH WOODELL <woodell


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  6. Categories : Desserts

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  8. Filling

  9. 4 c chopped nuts (usually walnuts)*

  10. 1/4 c sugar

  11. 2 tsp ground cinnamon*

  12. 1/4 tsp ground allspice*

  13. 1/4 tsp ground cloves*

  14. Dough

  15. 10 tbsp unsalted butter or margarine**

  16. 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil**

  17. 2 tsp warm water**

  18. 1 pound phyllo dough

  19. Syrup

  20. 2 c sugar

  21. 1 c cold water

  22. Shredded peel from a medium orange

  23. Shredded peel from a medium lemon*

  24. 1/2 c

  25. 2 tbsp honey

  26. Juice of a medium lemon

  27. chocolate chips (optional for "choclava")

  28. Make the filling: Simply mix the nuts, sugar, spices in a bowl and set aside.

  29. Make the pastry part: Melt the butter or margarine over low heat in a small

  30. saucepan and keep handy, with a pastry brush at hand. **Personally, I prefer

  31. to just skip this whole process and spray the sheets of dough with Pam instead.

  32. It works just as well. But if you want to do it up right the first time,

  33. read on.

  34. Remove the phyllo dough from its inner lining. Unfold it so it lies flat and keep it covered with a moistened kitchen towel while you work with the pastry.

  35. Dip your pastry brush in the butter/oil and coat the bottom and sides of a 10

  36. 15 x 1 jelly roll pan

  37. 9 x 13 x 2 cake pan in a pinch--the important

  38. thing is that it be deep enough to accept all the sugar syrup you're going

  39. to pour into it).Trim the sheets of phyllo so they fit the pan. (You'll

  40. probably have enough for another dish, such as wrapped chicken or spana-

  41. kopita (8-9).)

  42. Layer one sheet of phyllo in the pan, brush it with butter/oil or spray it,

  43. and cover it with another sheet. Repeat. After 5 sheets, sprinkle some of

  44. the nut mixture onto the sheets, covering them pretty completely. Repeat

  45. the above every 3 sheets of dough until you have no more nuts left, then

  46. 5 more sheets of dough.

  47. the first time, yes you gotta butter each sheet of phyllo. The pastry

  48. is very dry without it. That's why I like to use PAM instead) Don't forget

  49. to cover the remaining dough each time you retrieve a sheet of it from the

  50. pile.

  51. Score the pastry by cutting into diamond shapes with a sharp knife. The book

  52. says to cut only partway through, but I always cut all the way through. Bake at

  53. 350 for 1 hour. The pastry should be golden on top.

  54. While the baklava is in the oven, prepare the syrup: Combine the sugar, water,

  55. citrus peel and 1/2 c honey in a medium saucepan. Slowly heat the mixture

  56. over medium heat, swirling the pan, until the sugar dissolves; then simmer,

  57. uncovered and undistrubed, until the mixture reaches 212 on a candy thermo-

  58. 10 minutes

  59. maining honey and the lemon juice. Cool completely.

  60. To complete the pastry, when it is done take it from the oven and IMMEDIATELY

  61. pour the syrup over the top of the entire hot pan. If you can stand it, let the

  62. baklava sit for at least 4 hours or overnight. This recipe freezes; or you can store it at room temperature; or, you can bring it to my house and not worry about storage. :)

  63. *to make the Hawaiian baklava, I replaced the walnuts with macadamia nuts,

  64. the lemon and orange peel with pineapple juice, and tossed in some dried

  65. pineapple chunks and coconut into the nut mix. Spices could be replaced by

  66. ginger, but I think that is gilding the lily.

  67. To make choclava, the last layer of nuts before putting the "lid" on the

  68. pastry can also contain a layer of chocolate chips. I like to put the choco-

  69. late chips near the top rather than the bottom so as not to scorch the chips.

  70. The Hawaiian baklava got a layer of white chocolate chips.

  71. Any commentary from those growing up in households where this recipe was made

  72. routinely are most welcome. Perhaps some of you made it with pistachios? I

  73. just remembered seeing that variation in some Greek restaurants. (I wish I

  74. could be an honorary Greek-American; I don't speak the language but I sure

  75. do love the food!) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


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