BAKLAWA / BAKLAVA


INGREDIENTS:

1 lb. Filo pastry sheets

1 lb melted, rendered butter (melt for 30 minutes over low heat, put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, scrape off & discard top residue)

1 lb ground, unsalted cashews or pistachios

1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Syrup-
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
2 TBSP orange blossom flavoring or juice of 1 lemon or orange
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1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Mix nuts, sugar, allspice and cinnamon
3. Cut pastry sheets to fit 9x15 baking pan. Keep them covered with wet towels to prevent drying out
4. Spread one sheet across bottom of pan and brush with melted butter
5. Add alternating layers of sheets and brushed on butter until you have it 20 sheets deep
6. Pour nut mixture on top and spread evenly
7. Put layers of pastry & melted butter on top until all sheets have been used
8. Slice with knife into squares/servings
9. Bake for 1 hour at 350
10. While baklawa is baking, make syrup-
11. Combine sugar and water in pan and bring to boil
12. Continute to stir until syrupy - about 10 minutes
13. Mix in orange blossom flavoring
14. Put in refrigerator immediately
15. You need to baklawa to be done and the syrup to be COLD before combining
16. Once these conditions are meet, pour the cold syrup on top of of the warm baklawa.


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