Gentle Friends although it may look difficult to make I found that Baklava was a totally easy treat to make. If everything is set up and ready to go it's a breeze!! As usual I went to the Internet and did a search for a recipe and found one at my stand by place for recipes... AllRecipe.com. I used this Bakalava Recipe posted by Neonwillie. I made a couple of small changes - they were to add a few scrapes of a nutmeg to the nut mixture, I also added some lemon peel to the syrup and I used three different nuts, Walnuts, Pistachios and Pecans.
Here is everything all put together and ready for the oven. I think the hardest part of the whole process was cutting the uncooked phyllo dough/nut layers - the top layers of dough kept wrinkling up, and I had to keep patting them down.
Here is my syrup simmering away while the baklava is baking.
Straight from the oven just before pouring on the syrup, it does look very dry.....
After pouring on the syrup and now the waiting period for it to cool down enough to serve.
Now, ready to eat!!
There you go - Bakalava. I used equal parts of each of the nuts, and chopped them up in the food processor. Since I don't have a scale in the kitchen, and the measurement is 1 pound "of nuts", I just used 1 cup of each nut, easy peasy. The amount of nutmeg I used would be around a teaspoon, but since it is not called for you can certainly leave it out, the same with the lemon peel, however, I think next time I make this - a combination of lemon, lime and orange peel in the syrup would be fantastic and add to the over deliciousness of the pastry.
That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!