Ruthy here, with a family favorite... and a twist!
When I posted this pic on facebook, several folks mentioned that it brought back memories of friends or neighbors or relatives...
My kids weren't big honey-lovers, so here is the famous and popular (well, famous in our house!) New York Style Baklava, an easy peasy recipe from our place to yours:
1 sleeve frozen Phyllo dough
2 sticks butter, melted
1 cup almonds
1 cup walnuts
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Finely chop almonds and walnuts, mix with sugar and cinnamon.
*RUTHY TIME SAVER TIP: I use my food processor and finely chop a whole big bag of almonds and walnuts that I buy at Sam's Club, add 2 cups sugar and 3 teaspoons cinnamon mix and freeze in plastic container or 1 gallon freezer bag. Then when you make baklava, you just scoop out 2 cups of mix, already prepared and perfectly fresh!
Thaw phyllo (fillo) dough. Double line a 13" x 9" pan with aluminum foil (I use heavy duty)
Drizzle a little butter in pan, lay 3 sheets of phyllo (sometimes it tears, no one will know!) dip pastry brush in butter and gently brush phyllo with butter.
Repeat, then sprinkle about 2/3 cup nut mix over the second layer.
Repeat, ending with phyllo dough on top. Generously butter top fillo dough, and gently "score" the top layer of phyllo with a sharp knife in diamond or squares or triangle shapes.
Bake at 350° for about 30 to 40 minutes until golden.
Remove from oven, allow to cool about ten minutes, then slowly drizzle hot syrup over the top, allowing it to sink into the perforations.
2 Cups Real Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon or so cinnamon
Heat until hot, but no need to boil. Drizzle over warm baklava.
Allow to sit for about 10-15 minutes, then eat warm or cool.
Baklava stays fresh for days, the syrup seals the pastry-rich freshness in.
Next month we're going to do Isabo's version of baklava... Isabo is helping run the kitchen at the fictional Double S ranch in Gray's Glen, Washington... It's a fictional kitchen, but boy she knows her way around, enough to keep a whole bunch of cowboys happy.
We got a dusting of snow... last week was the first time our plow man had to come. THE FIRST TIME!!!! That's crazy talk around here. But this dusting is picturesque, isn't it?
I'm busily finishing my third Grace Haven book, there are three Ruthy books releasing in March, "Back in the Saddle" (3/16), "More Than a Promise", (3/18) and "Toss the Bouquet", a "Year of Weddings" novella collection.
Watch here and other blogs for some delightful recipe and book giveaways through February! I'd love to pull your name out of the cat dish!
Multi-published, best-selling author Ruth Logan Herne pretends to be normal because she knows it makes folks just plain feel better, but she knows the truth... she loves the crazy, fun people in her head, she loves writing sweet, inspirational stories, and she's generally happy if the possums leave the cat food on the porch alone.
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