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Almond Pistachio Baklava Recipe
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Almond Pistachio Baklava Recipe

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I discovered this traditional recipe at a Greek cultural event and often get requests for it. The original version called for walnuts, but I substituted almonds and pistachios with yummy results.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES:44 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours Bake: 35 min. + standing
MAKES: 44 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cups unsalted pistachios
  • 3 cups unsalted unblanched almonds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-3/4 cups butter, melted
  • 3 packages (16 ounces each, 14-inch x 9-inch sheet size) frozen phyllo dough, thawed

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2-3/4 cups sugar, water, honey and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. Cool.
  2. In a food processor, combine pistachios and almonds; cover and process until finely chopped. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and remaining sugar; set aside. Brush a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with some of the butter. Unroll one package of phyllo dough; cut stack into a 10-1/2-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Repeat with remaining phyllo. Discard scraps.
  3. Line bottom of prepared pan with two sheets of phyllo dough (sheets will overlap slightly). Brush with butter. Repeat layers 14 times. (Keep dough covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel until ready to use to prevent it from drying out.) Sprinkle with a third of the nut mixture.
  4. Top with 15 layers of buttered phyllo dough and a third of the nut mixture; repeat layers. Top with remaining phyllo dough, buttering each layer.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1-1/2-in. diamond shapes. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Place pan on a wire rack. Slowly pour cooled sugar syrup over baklava. Cover and let stand overnight. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Almond Pistachio Baklava in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2007, p54

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2010

While this recipe is not the quickest to make the results are AWESOME! I made this for work in a little "contest" we had for our open house, everyone loved it and I won! I followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfect! Will definitely be adding this to my personal cookbook at home.

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