Greek Baklavas

Submitted By: friendlybear

Use walnuts, pecans, or your other favorite nuts in this sweet, rich delicious dessert.

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Difficulty: medium

Ingredients

1 pound phyllo sheets
1 cup melted butter
2 cups finely chopped walnuts or other nuts
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup honey
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Thaw phyllo pastry and separate sheets according to package directions. Keep pastry not being used covered with clean damp dish towel to keep it from drying out. Place half of pastry sheets in a greased 15x10x1-inch jellyroll pan, one by one, brushing each sheet quickly and all over with melted butter.
Combine nuts, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon; sprinkle over buttered pastry. Place remaining sheets on top, brushing each with melted butter. Cut baklava pastry into 2-inch squares. Bake at 400F until brown and crisp, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine remaining 3/4 cup sugar, honey, 1 cup water, and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until syrupy. Cool and pour over baklava. Allow to sit 1/2 hour before serving.


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