Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Recipe #8 Baklava

Finished Baklava

Ingredients for the Baklava

Chop walnuts

Mix chopped walnuts and spices together

Melt butter on stove

Begin adding the phyllo dough brushing each layer with butter

After finished layering cut into diamond shapes

Once into diamond shapes add cloves 

Pop into 300 Degree oven for One hour

While pastry is cooking make the Baklava Syrup

Come to boil and remove from heat do not over cook

Pour unto cooked Baklava

YUMMY!!! You can freeze too!! Now pull out for Christmas Day.

More Pics of the Wood fired Pizza Oven/Artisan Bread Oven

Me and Colby cooking the first pizzas in oven

Dusty and Colby enjoying the pizza

The fireplace we all sat around which has been a project in itself for sometime now this was our second fire

The snow dusting we woke to Sunday morn.
Well HELLO there again,
      Here today brings us recipe #8 and yum o yum is it a fabulous one. I have enjoyed this amazing pastry since I was a young girl living in Newport News Va, where I had many friends in the Greek Community. One of them being my dearest friend thru-out High School. Which now we have lost contact, but not a time goes by that I don't think of her and her family whenever I make this dish...oh memories. The recipe came from a church bazaar cookbook that I purchased when I was around twelve or so and I have been making this yummy pastry since then, the last being the night the Army Recruiter came to the house to visit Crystal....she had told me I invited the Army Recruiter to the house tonight....I said What?? New to the idea.....I said TONIGHT! Yeah momma well I threw this together and yummy it was....well Crystal is now in the Army in Korea and she called last night for us being at 1 something am here, what ya doing momma? Ahh..sleeping! She had been out in the field and unable to call so as soon as she could, she did!! Made me so HAPPPY! I have missed her dearly. You know she is getting some of these goodies!! Air mail straight to Korea! I have had a blast with this and so has my family...they will say whats today??? Hubby even took me to the grocery store last night to buy the Athen's Fillo Dough. Most times he would say can't you use what you have...and yeah but hey we all like to shop!! LOL!
      Work was awesome last night the ladies had a great time they finished their project and were right proud of it!! Love it! Beverly stopped by and brought me Cricut cake blades, the Boy's Will Be Boy's cart. and another Cricut Cake some other goodies!! She ROCKS!! She will find things I have been looking for since I don't get out much. Just love her..THANK YOU BEVERLY!!!!!!!
       Okay unto the will love it and it freezes well!! The recipe is from Jo Karavias
Diamond Pastry Delights (Baklava)
1 1/2 lb butter melted
2 lbs. of chopped walnuts
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. of ground cloves
2 lbs of fillo (phyllo) dough
whole clover buds place in middle
Baklava Syrup
1 pint of honey
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
2 lbs of sugar
juice of whole lemon
Combine walnuts and spices in large mixing bowl. Melt butter, brush bottom of 14x20 sheet pan and layer with one pastry sheet and keep repeating until four layers are down, then sprinkle on the nut mixture and begin the layering process over and over...ending with four top layers. Brush top with butter and cut into diamonds. Bake one hour at 300 degrees. While pastry is baking mix syrup...mix all ingredients together the honey, the lemon extract, juice of the lemon and sugar allow to boil while stirring and remove from heat immediately. Cool and then pour over baklava while still warm....spooning small amounts at a time. A sure favorite of anyone who loves sweets.

Also wanted to share a few more pics of the pizza oven and the fireplace hubby and Jr. built.....nice work!! The snow was the dusting we got...I know laugh but hey I'll take it!! Any snow we get is BIG!! lol!! Have a wonderful inspired day!! Cyber Hugs, Dawn Gallop

1 comment:

Sheena said...

I have never tried Baklava before..I always have wanted to try it out..I might have to save this recipe an make it one day..your finished product looks so yummy an very pretty :) TFS

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