Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Making Baklava

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!! 
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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!!

Take care,
edgar

11 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow! Fantastic! I'm going to bookmark this and see if DH is willing to give it a try.

Stitchinowl said...

Looks great! Thanks for sharing. I also use the Allrecipes website quite often. Happy Tuesday!
Carolyn

cucki said...

Aww yummy xxx

Kevin said...

OMG, that looks SOOO good! I remember my grandmother making this for holidays when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing the recipe link and tips! I'm not a huge fan of walnuts, but I may try this and substitute (wonder how almonds would taste??)

Jodi S said...

Wow - this does sound easy. May be I will give it a try.

ariadne said...

I can't believe you made baklava!I have never made it although my dad was a pastry maker in Constantinople and he made it often, I feel it is very difficult.My favourite is with pistachio only!AriadnefromGreece!

Susan said...

Thanks for the recipe link and photos. Something I"ve always wanted to make but never have as I always heard that phyllo was so hard to work with. Will have to get over that and give this a try.

Roberta said...

Good for you. This is a all time favorite at our house. Usually make it for a holiday. Love how you cut your dough, I do mine a bit different.

May be heading to SF in August - will let you know.

Denise said...

Oh, that looks yummy!

Shirlee said...

That baklava does indeed look yummy!

Rita said...

Yum!