Baklawa - Syrian Version of Baklava
This is similar to the Greek dessert, Baklava, but not as syrupy. It is the Syrian version. My DH is the one who makes this as I have no patience for the phyllo dough, and he does it really good!!!
SERVES 50 -75
- 2 lbs phyllo dough (for a 17x13 tray)
- 3 cups vegan margarine
- 2 lbs shelled walnuts (or 1/2 walnuts and 1/2 pistachios)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons rose water (usually found in Middle Eastern markets)
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon rose water
Grease baking pans thoroughly with the margarine.
Place 1 lb. of dough in pan, brushing margarine between each sheet.
Do not grease top sheet.
Combine ingredients for nut filling and spread evenly on last layer.
Place the other 1 lb. dough over nut filling, brushing each layer with margarine between each sheet.
Cut in diamond shapes.
Pour remaining margarine over top.
Bake in a preheated oven@ 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
*NOTE:Keep dough covered with damp cloth or plastic while using to prevent dough from drying out.
Mix sugar and water and boil over medium hear for 15-20 minutes Add lemon juice and rose water before removing from heat.
Let syrup stand for 10 minutes before pouring over cold Baklawa.