Delicious recipe for homemade baklava – a sinfully sweet treat of layered phyllo pastry, nuts and syrup.

1 package phyllo pastry
1 Lb (448g ) chopped mixed nuts
1/2 of cup(100g) unsalted butter
1 cup(235ml) water
1/2 cup (100g) sugar-(50g for nut mixture-50g for syrup)
1 Lemon
1/2 cup (120ml ) honey, for syrup
Chocolate for ganache *optional

How to
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9×13 inch pan.

Chop nuts and mix with sugar and set aside.

Unroll phyllo dough.

Cut whole stack in half to fit pan.

Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work.

Place 5 sheets of pastry in pan, butter thoroughly.

Sprinkle 3 Tbs. of nut mixture on top.

Top with 5 sheets of pastry, butter, nuts, layering as you go.

Put 5 more sheets of pastry and butter only. and then repeat the process again, this time using nuts mixture.

The top layer should be about 8 sheets deep.

Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan.

You may cut into 4 long rows to make diagonal cuts.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until baklava is golden and crisp.

Start making syrup before you start the baklava. It will give you enough time for the sauce to cool down. Or see comments section.

Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add honey, lemon juice and lemon zest.

Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the syrup becomes thicker.

Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon cold syrup over it.

Let it cool down completely and enjoy this sweet and delicious treat!

Recipe provided courtesy of Sandra’s Easy Cooking food blog.

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