Flaky phyllo pastry, sticky honey and crunchyCalifornia walnuts combine to create an exotic middle easterndessert.
Recipe: Walnutty Baklava
Baklava:3 1/2 cups toasted California walnuts- divided use1/3 cup granulated sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom12 sheets phyllo pastry2/3 cups butter, meltedSyrup:1 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup liquid honey1/3 cup water1 tablespoon lemon zest1 tablespoon lemon juice2 whole cloves
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
For Baklava: In food processor add walnuts,sugar, cinnamon and cardamom; pulse until mixture resembles coarsecrumbs and transfer to bowl. Set aside. Line bottom and sidesof 13 x 9-inch metal pan with parchment paper. Cut phyllo inhalf into 14 x 8-inch sheets.
Place one sheet on work surface, keepingremaining sheets covered with a damp towel to prevent drying.Brush sheet lightly with butter and place another sheet on top.Repeat with 3 more sheets.
Place stack in pan; sprinkle with 1 cupof the walnut mixture.
Prepare another 4 sheets of phyllo, brushingeach with butter, and place over prepared sheets and walnut mixturein pan. Sprinkle with all but 1/4 cup of the walnut mixture.
Prepare remaining sheets, brushing eachwith butter, and place on top.
Using the tip of a knife and without cuttingall the way through, cut phyllo diagonally from one corner toopposite corner; make parallel cuts, 1 1/2-inches apart, to edge.Repeat in opposite directions to make diamonds. Sprinkle withremaining walnuts.
Bake in centre of preheated oven for 40to 45 minutes or until golden and crisp.
For Syrup: Meanwhile, in small saucepanwhisk together sugar, honey, water, lemon zest, lemon juice andcloves. Bring to boil over medium high heat; cook, stirring,for 1 minute. Discard cloves. Pour over hot baklava.
Let cool completely on rack in pan. Usingparchment, lift from pan onto cutting board and cut into diamondshapes (can be covered and made up to 1 day ahead).
Makes 24 servings.
Recipe and photograph provided courtesyof California Walnuts.
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