Didi Dalaba Recipe

Didi's Baklava Bars

By Didi Dalaba didicoffeegirl


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Serves:
12+
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Didi's Story

This is my adoption of an amazing original recipe from the BC website! I made the original version, it was awesome... but alas, super expensive!! I needed to make a more budget family vesion, pronto!!
I tweaked and tweaked, and this is the final product. Their is a little tutorial going on with the phyllo dough, I hope that helps alot of people, because I know so many that are weary of trying phyllo dough.
The nutty, spicy and honey flavors are just amazing!! Every man in your life will come begging back for more... you know what they say about men and cinnamon?? ;-)

I get asked to bring this all the time!! They disappear faster than I can make them!!
We call it "easy peasy baklava".

Enjoy!!

Ingredients

COOKIE BASE
1
batch (or if large batch 1/2 of batch) of your favorite sugar cookie recipe. divide in half. to the half that you will be using add;
1 tsp
grated lemon zest
FILLING
1 1/2 c
chopped walnuts
1/3 c
granulated sugar
1/4 c
butter or margarine softened
1 tsp
cinnamon
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/8 tsp
salt
2 1/2 c
choppd phyllo dough defrosted
GLAZE
1/3 c
honey
2 Tbsp
butter or margarine softened
1 1/2 Tbsp
brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp
lemon juice
1/2 tsp
cinnamon
1/8 tsp
ground cloves
2 tsp
vanilla

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350F. Using a 13 x 9 inch pan, spray with non-stick cooking spray. To the bottom only of the pan, add your cookie dough that you have now added the grated lemon zest. Press down evenly and bake for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside.
2
While cookie base is baking, get your filling ingredients ready.
3
Start by chopping up your phyllo dough. On a clean flat surface, lay your phyllo dough.
4
Unwrap
5
Measure out about 3-4 inches, and cutting straight down using a sharp knife.
6
Slice into strips, lay the strips ontop of each other and chop roughly.
7
In a bowl, add the rest of your filling and mix well.
8
Remove the cookie base from the oven, add the nut mixture.
9
Add the chopped phyllo dough. Bake for another 25 minutes. As the baklava bars are baking, in a small sauce pan, add the glaze ingredients and bring the mixture to a bubble. Remove from heat, set aside.
10
Remove the baklava bars from oven.
11
Immediately pour glaze over baklava bars.
12
Let cool for at least 1 hour ( I know, just walk away, that's what I have to do ;-) ) Cut into square size of you choice.

Enjoy!!

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Didi Dalaba didicoffeegirl
Mar 7, 2013
Awwww, thank you sweetheart!! ♥ My niece and I are going to be make a video soon. One video, two recipes, lol. My niece will be making traditional baklava and I will be making these baklava bars.

Thank you again my Teresa!! ♥
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Teresa Jacobson foundmyzen
Mar 7, 2013
Didi, I nominated this recipe for a Blue Ribbon! I've made this so many times and LOVE it every single time! I swear I could eat this whole pan by myself!! SO good!
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Didi Dalaba didicoffeegirl
Dec 20, 2012
Teresa, seriously I soooooooooo wanted to jump through the screen and bite into one!!!! Your picture captured PERFECTION!!!

Thank you so much baby girl. They are the easiest and best yes? So glad you enjoy them as much as we do. I totally agree, like a zillion times easier than traditional baklava without loosing any flavor!!!♥♥♥
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Teresa Jacobson foundmyzen
Dec 20, 2012
Year 2 of making these at the holidays! So good and SOoooo much easier than regular baklava! Now I just have to keep from eating the whole pan myself!
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