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(Desserts) BAKLLAVA (Bakllava)

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, but is also found in Central and Southwest Asia.


Ingredients:
 
    1/2 kg (about 18 ounces) of ready made rolled dough 
 
    200 g (about 7 ounces) of pressed walnuts 
 
    3 cups of sugar 
 
    2 cups of water 
 
    1 teaspoon of cinnamon  
 

Preparation:

BakllavaSpread the rolled dough, and sprinkle the walnuts with the cinnamon, then cover it with another layer of dough. Cut the baklava in equal squares or diamond shapes. Cover the baklava with melted butter and leave it to bake in a hot oven. Afterwards, leave it to cool. Prepare the syrup with the water and the sugar, using the amounts given above. Let the syrup boil for 5 minutes. Before removing the syrup from the heat, add the juice of half a lemon. Let the syrup cool for about 5 minutes, and then spread it on the baklava.

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