When I was about 8 years old, my mom used to do yard work for an elderly neighbor of ours. I called her Miss Katie, and I would go with my mom once a week just to enjoy her baklava and her stories of growing up in Greece. Before moving away when I was 10, she gave me her recipe for her oh-so-yummy baklava.
I haven't made it for my own family yet, so it hasn't been approved ... but I love it, and it brings back some really cool memories of my childhood (and a serious need to visit Greece before I die!)
prep time20 Min
cook time50 Min
Ingredients For miss katie's traditional greek baklava
phyllo dough, cut to fit 13x9 pan
butter or margarine
How To Make miss katie's traditional greek baklava
Toss nuts with cinnamon & set aside.
Unroll phyllo dough, cover with damp cloth.
Butter bottom and sides of baking dish, line bottom of dish with 2 sheets of dough.
Butter dough, layer 2 sheets. Repeat until 6-8 sheets thick. Top sheets should be buttered.
Sprinkle 2-3 tbs of nuts over dough. Cover with 2 sheets of dough. Repeat this step until 6-8 sheets thick.
Repeat STEP 4 until 4-6 sheets thick. Cut into diamond or square shapes of desired size.
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Prepare sauce.
SAUCE: Boil sugar and water until sugar is disolved. Add vanilla & honey, simmer about 20 minutes.
Remove dish from oven, immediately spoon sauce over baklava. Allow to cool, serve in paper cups. Leave UNCOVERED or baklava will become soggy.
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