Christmas week has arrived whether or not we're prepared or not. Lump me into the latter group, however I’m doing my finest to drag it collectively. One signature dessert I make annually is baklava. It’s a phyllo dough layered dessert with chopped pecans within the center and candy syrup drizzled on prime. About as wealthy because it comes in terms of sweets, it’s a beloved dessert by household and pals. Once I bake a pan, I normally put up it on social media, and many individuals rapidly supply their sampling providers. Fortunately, a pan makes about 120 items, so there’s lots to go round.
Making baklava is a protracted course of that takes a few days. Good issues can't be rushed. Clearly, that you must collect components first. I buy pecans on the retailer and use a meals processor to cut them, however not too fantastic.
Make or buy your ghee (which can be known as rendered butter). Costco lately began carrying an excellent model known as Tin Star Meals that is available in a 32 ounce jar. Different locations carry this model, however you can not beat the value at Costco (like with so many gadgets).
Additionally make your syrup a day forward of your baking day, so long as it’s not raining or snowing. I do know this feels like an previous wives story, however making syrup is much like making sweet, so simply hearken to Sitti Marguerite (Sitti is Arabic for grandma) who taught her granddaughter, Joan, who had me over to make baklava years in the past. You see, each Sitti makes issues a contact totally different. I by no means made baklava with mine as a result of she handed away 11 years in the past, and at that time, I wasn’t keen on making this time-intensive dessert.
The standard means of creating baklava is by layering a number of sheets of phyllo in loads of melted ghee, tucking the corners in and rolling it right into a log that can match completely into your pan. This recipe makes issues simpler since you use a complete package deal of phyllo on the underside layer, layering each bit and brushing it with melted ghee, after which after the package deal is empty, including your pecan filling, after which one other complete package deal of phyllo. You do trim the phyllo to the scale of your half-sheet pan with a pointy knife, reducing proper by way of the plastic and phyllo so it suits excellent. And do be sure you use a barely moist paper towel and flour sack towel over the phyllo as you layer it. Phyllo could be very skinny dough and it dries out rapidly.
I might go on endlessly with particulars of learn how to make this delectable dessert, however in case you learn the recipe rigorously, you'll have success. Since we're all having quiet holidays, you may as nicely dig in and make a pan of baklava. Whomever you share it with will thanks immensely. This dessert is nice any time of day, and particularly with a cup of espresso within the morning. The espresso balances the baklava’s sweetness.
Right here’s wishing you and yours some sweetness this vacation season.
A model of this story originally published within the Wichita Eagle.