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Walnut Baklava

Josie Bochek of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin sent the recipe for this traditional sweet and nutty Greek pastry.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 45 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • SYRUP:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Grease a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with some of the melted butter. Unroll phyllo dough sheets (keep dough covered with plastic wrap while assembling).
  • Place one sheet of phyllo in baking dish; brush with butter. Top with a second sheet; brush with butter. Fold long ends under to fit the dish. Sprinkle with about 1/4 cup nut mixture. Repeat 18 times, layering two sheets, brushing with butter and sprinkling with nut mixture. Top with remaining dough; brush with butter. Cut into 2-in. diamonds with a sharp knife.
  • Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the syrup ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Pour over warm baklava. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 197 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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