Baklava (layered pastry with walnuts and honey syrup)
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Baklava (layered pastry with walnuts and honey syrup)
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:06:32 AM. Recipe ID 32072. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Baklava (layered pastry with walnuts and honey syrup)
 Categories: Greek, Desserts
      Yield: 1 9x13 tray
    3/4 lb Butter; three 1/4 lb. sticks
           ;cut into 1/4 inch pieces
    1/2 c  Vegetable oil
     40    Filo sheets; each about 16
           ;inches long by 12 inches
      4 c  Walnuts, shelled; pulverized
           ;in a blender, nut grinder
           ;or mortar/pestle
  1 1/2 c  Sugar
    3/4 c  Water
      1 tb Lemon juice, fresh
      1 tb Honey
    Clarify the butter in a heavy saucepan or skillet in the following
  fashion:  Melt the butter slowly over low heat without letting it
  brown, skimming off the foam as it rises to the surface.  Remove the
  pan from the heat, let it rest for 2 or 3 minutes, then spoon off the
  clear butter and discard the milky solids at the bottom of the pan.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and stir the vegetable oil into the
  clarified butter.  Using a pastry brush coat the bottom and sides of
  a 13 by 19 by 2   inch baking dish with about 1 tablespoon of the
    Fold a sheet of filo in half crosswise, lift it up gently and
  unfold it into the prepared dish.  Press the pastry flat, fold down
  the excess around the sides and flatten it against the bottom.  Brush
  the entire surface of the pastry lightly with the butter and oil
  mixture, and lay another sheet of filo on top, folding it down and
  buttering it in a similar fashion. Sprinkle the pastry evenly with
  about 3 tablespoons of walnuts.
    Repeat the same procedure using two sheets of buttered filo and 3
  tablespoons of the pulverized walnuts each time to make 19 layers in
  all. Spread the 2 remaining sheets of filo on top and brush the
  baklava with all of the remaining butter and oil mixture.
    With a small, sharp knife score the top of the pastry with parallel
  diagonal lines about   inch deep and 2 inches apart, then cross them
  diagonally to form diamond shapes.  Bake in the middle of the oven
  for 30 minutes.  Reduce the heat to about 300 and bake for 45 minutes
  longer, or until the top is crisp and golden brown.
    Meanwhile, make the syrup.  Combine the sugar, water and lemon
  juice in a small saucepan and, stirring constantly, cook over
  moderate heat until the sugar dissolves.  Increase the heat to high
  and, timing it from the moment the sugar boils, cook briskly,
  uncovered, for about 5 minutes, or until the syrup reaches a
  temperature of 220 on a candy thermometer. Remove the pan from the
  heat and stir in the honey. Pour the syrup into a bowl or pitcher and
  set aside.
    When the baklava is done, remove it from the oven and pour the
  syrup over it.  Cool to room temperature, and just before serving,
  cut the baklava into diamond shaped serving pieces.
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Recipe ID 32072 (Apr 03, 2005)

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