I worked for many years with a wonderful Greek Family by the name of Litras. Koula would bring in her tasty Greek treats time to time and I would savor them. The Greek weddings were also exciting for me because the women would bring in different Mediterian foods such as spinach pie as well as Baklava and wedding cookies. I love to try foods from different cultures and I must say that "Greek Food" is Wonderful. I made a few changes in Koula's recipe so that now I can call it "Joan's Baklava" Enjoy this special treat as I do.
I like to use a 9X13 cookie sheet..Preheat oven and melt butter. Put fillo on cookie sheet sheet one layer at a time brushing with butter between layers. After 12 layers put half of the nut sugar and zest mixture on top layer of fillo and begin layering again for 7 -10 more layers buttering each layer. add the rest of the nut mixture. Repeat layering till you reach top of cookie sheet ..Cut into squares or diamonds then put in oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
While Baklava is in the oven you can make syrup by combining all of the syrup ingredients and simmer for about 15 minutes. (The smell in your kitchen will be wonderful). When you take your fillo out of the over pour hot syrup over entire pan of fillo . You want every bite to soak up syrup.
Serve in paper cup cake cups..I like to use the foil ones because the Baklava is soooo Juicy.
This really isn't as difficult as it sounds. I guarantee it will be on your table for every holiday.