miss katie's traditional greek baklava

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By Victoria Fincher
from Idyllwild, CA

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 time 20 Min
cook time 50 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For miss katie's traditional greek baklava

  • 16 oz
    phyllo dough, cut to fit 13x9 pan
  • 1 lb
    walnuts, chopped
  • 1 c
    butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • SAUCE ...
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c

How To Make miss katie's traditional greek baklava

  • 1
    Toss nuts with cinnamon & set aside.
  • 2
    Unroll phyllo dough, cover with damp cloth.
  • 3
    Butter bottom and sides of baking dish, line bottom of dish with 2 sheets of dough.
  • 4
    Butter dough, layer 2 sheets. Repeat until 6-8 sheets thick. Top sheets should be buttered.
  • 5
    Sprinkle 2-3 tbs of nuts over dough. Cover with 2 sheets of dough. Repeat this step until 6-8 sheets thick.
  • 6
    Repeat STEP 4 until 4-6 sheets thick. Cut into diamond or square shapes of desired size.
  • 7
    Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Prepare sauce.
  • 8
    SAUCE: Boil sugar and water until sugar is disolved. Add vanilla & honey, simmer about 20 minutes.
  • 9
    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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