How to Make Delicious Baklava

Baklava is a sweet treat that is great for holiday parties and potlucks. It has a nutty, lemon, honey flavor. This recipe is not vegan.

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Gather your supplies. The lemon extract and cupcake papers are optional.

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Put the nuts in a bag and crush gently with a hammer. That is my husband's gross, rusty hammer. Don't use this method unless your tetanus shots are up-to-date.

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The nuts should look like this. It's okay if you have a few big chunks.

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Add cinnamon to the nuts plus a little cloves or nutmeg, if you like.

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Stir in the spices.

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Melt butter in the microwave.

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Use the butter wrapper to butter your casserole dish.

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Open the thawed phyllo package. You will only need one 8 ounce roll for this recipe.

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Unroll the phyllo gently and place a clean, damp towel over it while you're working. This will keep it from drying out and cracking.

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Arrange your assembly line: phyllo under a damp cloth, casserole dish, then nuts and melted butter.

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Preheat oven to 350F.

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Carefully place 2 sheets of phyllo into the bottom of the dish. Re-cover the phyllo stack with the damp towel.

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Brush gently with melted butter.

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Gently sprinkle a layer of nuts.

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Repeat this process about six more times: 2 sheets of phyllo, baste with butter, sprinkle with nuts. Stop when you have 6 phyllo sheets left.

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Add the last 6 sheets of phyllo.

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This is the tough part. Use a knife that is finely serrated and very sharp! Cut 3 vertical lines that reach to the bottom of the dish.

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Three lines.

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Cut diagonally about 8 times to make diamond shapes.

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Pretty.

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Put the dish in the oven at 350F and set timer for 50 minutes.

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While baklava is baking, add sugar and water to a pan on the stove set on medium.

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Zest a lemon until you have a teaspoon of zest.

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Add lemon zest to pan.

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When pan is boiling, add honey and vanilla. Add lemon extract, if you like.

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Simmer lemon syrup on low until baklava is done.

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Optional step: When baklava has 5 minutes left to bake, brush the top layer with more melted butter.

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Remove from the oven and immediately spoon the lemon syrup over each piece. You should hear a sizzle! Let cool. Put each piece into a cupcake paper. Enjoy!

Ingredients

½ Pounds Phyllo dough
1 Pounds Walnuts
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
½ Cups Honey
1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon Lemon zest
1 Baking Dish
1 Ziplock bag, freezer size
1 Hammer
1 Saucepan
1 Spatula
1 Basting Brush
1 Damp cloth
1 Sharp knife
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