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Bacon Baklava

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  Sliced bacon 1 1⁄2 Pound
  Whole blanched almonds 1 Cup (16 tbs), toasted and coarsely chopped
  Chopped dates 3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)
  Phyllo dough 1 Pound (1 Package)
  Unsalted butter 10 Tablespoon, melted
  Sugar 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Maple syrup 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Bourbon 2 Tablespoon
  Orange zest 1⁄2 , finely grated

1. Preheat the oven to 400° In a skillet, fry the bacon in batches until crisp. Drain well and crumble. In a food processor, finely chop the bacon with the almonds and dates.
2. Butter a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan. Lay a sheet of phyllo in the pan; trim the edges to fit and brush with butter. Repeat with 4 more phyllo sheets and butter. Spread 1 cup of the filling over the phyllo. Repeat this layering of 5 phyllo sheets and filling twice more. Top with 5 buttered phyllo sheets; butter the top well.
3. With a small, sharp knife, cut the baklava into diamonds and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the oven to 325°and bake for 1 hour longer, or until nicely browned.
4. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, maple syrup, water, bourbon and orange zest in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, then let cool to room temperature. Pour the cooled syrup over the hot baklava and let stand at room temperature uncovered overnight.

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Bacon Baklava Recipe