Baklawa 'be'aj'

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Title: Baklawa 'be'aj'
Yield: 40 Servings
Categories: Desserts

Ingredients:

1 lb Phyllo dough sheets
3/4 c Unsalted butter; melted
1/2 c Chopped pistachio nuts, opt.


--------------------------------NUT FILLING--------------------------------
2 Egg whites
1/2 c Caster sugar
2 c Coarsely ground walnuts
2 c Coarsely ground almonds
1 ts Rose water

--------------------------------ALTAR SYRUP--------------------------------
2 c Granulated sugar
1 1/2 c Water
1 ts Lemon juice
1 ts Orange flower water
1 ts Rose water

Stack 10 sheets phyllo on a flat surface, keeping remainder covered
with a dry, then a damp tea towel.

Brush top sheet of stack with butter, lift sheet and replace on stack
buttered side down. Brush top with butter, lift top two sheets and turn
over on stack. Repeat until all 10 sheets are buttered, lifting an extra
sheet each time. Top and bottom of finished stack should remain
unbuttered.

With kitchen scissors cut buttered stack of phyllo into approximately
10 cm (4 inches) squares. Stack and cover. Prepare remainder of phyllo.
Depending on size of phyllo sheets, you may have fewer than 10 left at the
end. Halve sheets if necessary to give 10 layers.

Beat egg whites until stiff and beat sugar in gradually. Fold in nuts
and rose water.

Butter top of phyllo square and place a tablespoonful of nut mixture in
the centre. Gently squeeze into a lily shape, with four corners of square
as petals and filling in centre.

Place in a buttered 25 x 33 cm (10 x 13 inch) baking dish. Repeat with
remaining ingredients, placing finished pastries close together in dish.

Bake in moderate oven for 30 minutes, reduce to slow and cook for
further 15 minutes.

Meanwhile dissolve sugar in water over heat, add lemon juice and orange
water and bring to the boil. Boil for 15 minutes, stir in rose water and
cool.

Spoon cool thick syrup over hot pastries. Leave until cool and
sprinkle pistachio nuts in centres of pastries if desired.

Note: If you are not used to working with phyllo pastry, then it is
advisable to fill and shape the first lot of buttered squares before going
onto the nest lot. The butter firms fairly quickly and it could be
difficult to shape the pastries if the buttered sheets are left for a time.

* From: The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos. * ISBN: 1 86302
069 1. * Typed for you by Karen Mintzias

Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V4 #213 by Lea Faulkner on Aug
14, 1997