Easy baklava

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
\N \N Safflower oil -- for coating
\N \N Pan
1 cup Ground almonds
1 cup Ground walnuts
1½ teaspoon Cinnamon
8 \N Sheets filo
¼ cup Melted unsalted butter
1¼ cup Date sugar
2 tablespoons Grated lemon rind
¼ cup Lemon juice
2 tablespoons Honey

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a deep 9- by 12-inch baking pan.

2. In a small bowl combine almonds, walnuts, and cinnamon. Set aside.

3. Cut each sheet of filo in half. Stack cut sheets on counter. With a large pastry brush, dot top sheet with about 1 teaspoon butter, then spread evenly to coat as much of sheet as possible (see Preparing Filo). Lay evenly in baking pan. Sprinkle lightly with nut mixture. Repeat with remaining sheets, stacking evenly.

4. To cut baklava make 4 evenly spaced vertical cuts through the entire stack of filo. Then cut diagonally to form diamond shapes. (Four evenly spaced diagonal cuts will yield 15 to 20 pastries.) Bake for 20 minutes, then lower heat to 300 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes more.

5. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, simmer date sugar, lemon rind, lemon juice, and honey until thickened. Pour over cooked baklava as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let cool and then serve.

Recipe By : the California Culinary Academy File

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