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Baklava

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Ingredients
  Shelled walnuts 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ground cinnamon 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Phyllo/Strudel pastry leaves 16 Ounce (2 Package)
  Unsalted butter/Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), melted
  Water 1 Tablespoon
  Honey 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

1. Place walnuts on a 15 x 10 x 1 inch jelly roll pan; toast in a moderate oven (350°) 10 minutes. Whirl walnuts, '' while still warm, 1/2 cup at a time, at high speed, in container of electric blender until finely ground. (You may use a food grinder, if you wish.) , Remove ground walnuts to a medium-size bowl. Repeat this procedure until all of the walnuts are ground. Mix in sugar and cinnamon.
2. Brush bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with melted butter or margarine. Fold two phyllo leaves in half; place on the bottom of pan; brush with butter. Place two more folded leaves in pan; brush with butter. (Keep rest of pastry leaves covered with a clean damp kitchen towel to prevent drying out.)
3. Sprinkle top with 1/2 cup nut mixture. Add two more folded leaves; brush with butter.
4. Repeat five more times. Stack remaining pastry leaves; brushing every other one. Brush top leaf with remaining butter; sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon water.
5. With a sharp knife, mark off the BAKLAVA. Cut through only the top layer of the phyllo, making 5 lengthwise cuts, 1 1/2 inches apart (you will have 6 equal strips). Then cut diagonally again at 1 1/2 -inch intervals, making diamonds (9 strips). This is the traditional shape of the baklava.
6. Bake in a slow oven (325°) 50 , minutes, or until top is golden. Remove pan to wire rack. Cut all the way through the diamonds; separating slightly. Pour cooled honey syrup over. Cool thoroughly in pan on rack. Cover with foil; let stand overnight for , syrup to be absorbed. No refrigeration necessary.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Asian
Course: 
Dessert
Method: 
Baked

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