1/2 lb Shelled pistachio nuts,
3 tb Sugar
3/4 ts Ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tb Rose water
1/2 lb Filo dough
1/2 c Low-calorie margarine,
Rose Water Syrup
This rich-tasting baklava contains half the amount of sugar and a
fraction of the fat you would normally use, thanks to reduced fats,
sugar, and nuts. The results will fool anyone.
1. Combine pistacho nuts, sugar, cinnamon and rose water in small
bowl. Using half of filo sheets (cover remaining with plastic wrap to
prevent from drying out), place 3 sheets in bottom of lightly greased
13x9" baking sheet. Brush with some of margarine. Sprinkle evenly
with nut mixture. Place remaining sheets over nut filling, brushing
after every third sheet and top sheet.
2. Cut baklava at 1-1/2" intervals diagonally to form pattern of
about 35 diamond shapes. Bake at 400'F. 25 minutes or until golden.
Place on wire rack to cool. Drizzle Rose Water Syrup evenly over top
and allow to soak several hours. Stud each diamond-shape with whole
Each piece baklava with syrup contains about: 85 calories; 32mg
sodium; 0 cholesterol; 5 grams fat; 9 grams carbohydrate; 2 grams
protein; trace fiber.
Exchanges: 1/2 bread; 1/2 fat.
From Tuscon area newspapers, 1994, 3rd quarter, courtest Mike Orchekowski.