Greek Festival: Traditional Greek Pastries

Greek Festival: Traditional Greek Pastries

INGREDIENTS:

Filling:

  • 2 pounds of nuts of your choice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TB Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Allspice
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp mace
  • 1 pound Phyllo dough
  • 1 pound melted butter
  • whole cloves


Syrup:

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 whole cloves
  • Peel of one Orange
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Grind nuts from medium to fine texture as desired, add sugar and spices reserving Whole Cloves for later use. Mix ingredients well, set off to side.
  2. Brush baking pan with butter and start laying phyllo to line the pan, brushing each layer generously with filling until 1st second complete
  3. Use 1/3 nut mixture to lay on top of phyllo
  4. Top layer of phyllo should use the best and smoothest sheets for final layers making sure all layers are well buttered
  5. Pre-cut pan before cooking. Traditional shapes of Baklava are diamond shapes, made from various cutting methods.
  6. Insert a whole clove in each piece.

    When pan is lightly golden brown on top, pour 3/4 of syrup over entire pan. Cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Stir the remaining syrup on low heat, adding lemon juice and vanilla extract. Pour over entire pan, then let cool 2 hours
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