Queen's Pastry (Baklava)
|Sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Water||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Lemon juice||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Filo dough||1⁄2 Pound|
|Clarified butter||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Coarsely ground walnuts||1⁄4 Pound|
|Ground pistachio nuts||1⁄4 Pound|
Prepare the syrup by boiling the sugar with the water.
Add the lemon juice.
Remove from heat and cool for about five minutes.
Place the filo dough on a flat surface and cut into four inch squares.
Brush each square with melted butter.
Fill each square with one teaspoon of walnuts.
Bring the corners of each square together, envelope fashion, and press down a little.
Brush the dough with melted butter.
Arrange the pastries on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees about twenty-five to thirty minutes until golden brown.
Dip each square into the cooled syrup.
Arrange them on a serving dish.
Sprinkle two teaspoons of pistachio nuts over each square.
Then very carefully drizzle one teaspoon of cold syrup over the nuts to avoid having the nuts fall off the square.
Serve as a very elegant dessert.