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Baklava - 3

Cuisine: Jewish
Courses: Dessert
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1 lb 454g / 16ozPhyllo leaves - (approx 24 leaves), thawed, wrapped
3 tablespoons 45mlButter - melted
1 lb 454g / 16ozAlmonds or walnuts - coarsely-ground
1 tablespoon 15mlCinnamon
  Confectioners' sugar - in a shaker
2 cups 396g / 13ozSugar
1 cup 237mlWater
1/2 cup 164g / 5.8ozLight corn syrup
  Chopped zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup 118mlHoney

Recipe Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F. Unfold phyllo dough on work surface until flat. Place a 9- by 13-inch jelly roll pan over phyllo and cut dough to fit pan (save scraps for additional inside layers or for another recipe).

Cover phyllo dough with a clean, damp towel. Brush bottom and sides of jelly roll pan with butter to coat. Mix nuts with cinnamon. Cover bottom of pan with 1 sheet of phyllo and brush with butter. Repeat 7 times. Sprinkle with 1/3 of nut mixture.

Cover with 3 layers of phyllo, each brushed with butter. Layer with 1/3 of nut mixture and repeat with 3 layers of phyllo, each brushed with butter. Layer with remaining 1/3 of nut mixture, and cover with 8 layers of phyllo, each brushed with butter.

Push edges of dough into sides of pan to even them. Using a sharp knife, cut pastry into small diamond shapes (with 1 1/2-inch sides), cutting through all layers. Sprinkle water over top to prevent phyllo from curling up. Bake for 1 hour.

In a saucepan combine sugar, water, corn syrup and orange zest. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in honey. Set aside to cool slightly. Remove baklava from oven and pour warm syrup over entire pan. Serve sprinkled with confectioners' sugar.

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