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Baklava

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM
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Baklava

Ingredients

Syrup:
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 large strips of orange peel
The juice of one small orange
Filling:
1 1/2 cups blanched almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon orange blossom water
1 pound package of phyllo dough
1 cup of unsalted butter

Instructions

1. To make the syrup for the Baklava, add the sugar, orange juice, a few pieces of orange peel and water to a pot and heat them on medium heat. Stir and bring the mixture to a boil and allow it to cook for a minute. When the sugar dissolves, bring the heat down to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.


2. To prepare the almond filling, grind the almonds in a food processor and add the sugar and orange blossom water. Process on and off 5-10 times.


3. To clarify the butter, melt the butter on the stove and remove the white milk solids that rise to the top.


4. Thaw the Phyllo dough at room temperature for 2 hours before using. Cut the dough to fit the pan. Brush the clarified butter on the bottom of the pan. Layer dough and butter until you have 14 sheets.


5. Put the filling on top of the Phyllo dough. Continue to layer butter and dough on top of the filling. Cut the Baklava into diamond shaped pieces.


6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the Baklava for 40-50 minutes. Pour the syrup over it and let it sit at room temperature to absorb the syrup before serving.

 

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