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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

{baklava pie}

 A few weeks ago I was at the hair salon, and one of the stylists was telling me about a yummy new recipe she tried. She told me it was a quick & easy version of baklava, then she asked me if I wanted to try it. Hello!!! Of course!!! I ♥ baklava, but I don't have it very often, mostly because although it's delicious, traditional recipes are incredibly time intensive. Well, it was absolutely delightful, and I couldn't wait to try it myself.

It was so easy, and took less than 15 minutes to put together.  The phyllo dough is brushed with butter, which makes the layers marvelously crisp and flaky.  The nuts are sweetened with cinnamon and brown sugar, and the honey syrup that's poured over the top is the perfect thing to bring it all together. If you've never had it--you have to try it now, you won't be sorry! If you love it like I do, this is a must-try.

{Baklava Pie}

4 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 package frozen phyllo dough, thawed (I used a little more than half of the box)
1 c. butter, melted

3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. each water and honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine the walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside.

Place a sheet of phyllo dough in a greased 9-in. pie plate; brush with butter. Keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out. Repeat seven times. Sprinkle 1 1/3 cups nut mixture into crust.

Place a sheet of phyllo over nut mixture; brush with butter. Repeat three times. Sprinkle with 1 1/3 cups nut mixture. Layer with another sheet of phyllo; brush with butter. Repeat three times. Sprinkle with remaining nut mixture.

Top with a sheet of phyllo; brush with butter. Repeat seven times. Fold ends up onto top of pie; brush with butter. Using a sharp knife, score pie into eight pieces.

Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, for the syrup, combine the sugar, water and honey in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add vanilla. Pour over the warm pie. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate leftovers.


Blogger AKK said...

This looks so yummy! I love baklava, but have never made it, since people who make it complain how time consuming it is. But if it's fast...I can try it! Thanks for sharing! P.S. I pinned this!

April 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

I always think it is so fun to go a missionary farewell or some gathering where someone serves LITTLE BITS of baklava. I LOVE IT. (When I saw the title of the post, I almost didn't read because I KNOW I WILL WANT TO TRY THIS AND ONCE I TRY IT I WILL EAT AND EAT AND EAT!!!

But thanks for sharing ; (

April 10, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

BTW--"Refrigerate leftovers", as if.

April 10, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Justina F. Lee said...

gosh that looks delicious! Bookmarked! I will try to make my own phyllo dough too...we'll see how THAT goes haha

April 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Jill @ Craft in a Northern Town said...

That looks divine. Made my mouth water.

April 10, 2012 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Kellie Staton said...

Oh merciful Heavens!! This looks so darn good. I adore baklava. I make it once a year for the holidays. If this makes it easier for me to make it more often I am all in.

April 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM  

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