Baklava Recipe: A Tasty Greek Treat

My great friend Wendi and I were having a glass of Syrah from Columbia Winery on a hot summer day and were thinking about Greece and how it is a country that we would both love to visit. So we thought "Hey, we can make baklava and be that much closer to the Greeks." Let's do it!





INGREDIENTS:

8 sheets of filo dough
2 cups shelled and finely chopped pistachios
1/2 cup honey
1/8 tsp ground cardamom (if you don't have cardamom, you can use cinnamon)
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp orange flower oil (if you don't have orange flower oil, try almond extract or rosewater)


DIRECTIONS:
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the chopped pistachios, honey, and cardamom. Set aside. Lay 4 sheets of filo dough down onto a buttered baking dish. Brush half the butter over the dough with a basting brush. Spread the pistachio mixture over the buttered filo dough. Lay the remaining 4 sheets of filo dough on top of that and then brush the remaining butter across the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Then raise the temperature to 400 degrees F and bake for 10 more minutes.

While the baklava is baking, in a sauce pan over medium heat dissolve the sugar and honey into the water. Stir in the lemon juice and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens into a syrup. Stir in the orange flower oil and remove from heat. Allow the syrup to cool.

When the cake is baked, cut into into diamond-shaped lozenges and pour the syrup over it. Allow the baklava to sit for 15 minutes and then serve immediately or chill and serve later...Cheers!

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