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Almond Baklava (Baklavas Me Amygdala)

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Title: Almond Baklava (Baklavas Me Amygdala)
Yield: 1 Servings
Categories: Bars and sq, Greek, Nuts, Pastries


1 3/4 lb Baklava phyllo leaves
4 c Almond crumbs
1 1/4 c Butter
1/2 c Sugar
1 ts Cinnamon
4 c Sugar
3 c Water
1/2 c Honey
1 Stick cinnamon
5 Whole cloves; up to 6

Blanch then chop the almonds. Mix them with the sugar and cinnamon. Brush a
medium size baking pan with melted butter.

Lay 4 baklava phyllo leaves in the pan, buttering each beforehand. Lay more
phyllo on top, this time without buttering them. Sprinkle with chopped
almonds. Lay in another layer of phyllo, this time burshing with butter.
Sprinkle with almonds. Continue laying in phyllo leaves and crushed almonds
in the same way, until only five phyllo leaves remain. Brush these last
phyllo leaves very well with butter and lay on the top.

Cut away any phyllo ends overlapping the sides of the pan with a sharp
knife. With the same knife, cut through the top phyllo leaves, scoring
serving size squares in the baklava. Dip your fingers in a dish of water
andsprinkle the top layer of phyllo leaves. Put the baklava in a moderate
oven to bake for almost one hour.

Meanwhile, boil the sugar in the water for five minutes. Add the honey and
spices and boil for five minutes more. Remove the spices and keep the syrup
hot. Take the baklava from the oven and let it cool. Pour the syrup over
the baklava.

After it cools, cut the baklava completely through and serve the pieces on
a platter.

NOTES : 1. For Walnut Baklava: 1. Replace almonds with walnuts. 2. Syrup
uses 3 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups honey. 2. The baklava can also be made
with half walnuts and half almonds.
Recipe by: Greek Cookery Cookbook

Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 502 by Sewgoode
on Jan 12, 1998

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