PECAN PIE BAKLAVA

Make Pecan baklava for Christmas it’s worth it.

Take a pecan pie and make it into a flaky baklava treat! Layers of flaky phyllo dough are sandwiched with pecans and a sweet syrup reminiscent of pecan pie!

INGREDIENTS:

-1/2 pack Phyllo Dough (1 roll from a 2 roll box), defrosted
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
-2 cups finely chopped pecans
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup water
-1/2 cup dark corn syrup
-1 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

1.Assemble your ingredients before you start. Place melted butter in a bowl and have a pastry brush for brushing it on the phyllo. Place nuts in a bowl near your work surface.

2.Preheat oven to 350°F. Thoroughly butter your 9×9” pan using a pastry brush. Unwrap your roll of phyllo dough onto a cutting board and cut it in half, so it will fit in your pan. Cover the phyllo dough with a layer of plastic wrap and place a damp kitchen towel over the top.

3.Brush the top sheet of phyllo with melted butter. Grab it and the sheet below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, in the pan. Repeat two more times, so you have 6 sheets of phyllo in the pan. Cover the phyllo with the plastic/damp towel.

4.Sprinkle with pecans.

5.Butter another phyllo sheet and grab the one below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, on top the pecans. Sprinkle with pecans. Repeat this about 4 more times, or until you are out of pecans.

6.Butter another phyllo sheet and grab the one below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, on top the last pecan layer. Repeat this two times, so you have 6 layers on top of your last pecan layer. Butter the top of the baklava.

7.Using a sharp knife, cut your baklava into squares, being sure to cut all the way though all the layers. You can cut squares or diamonds, whatever you like.

8.Bake about 30-40 minutes, until the baklava is golden brown.

9.While the baklava is baking, heat the water, sugar, dark corn syrup, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to lowest setting until the baklava comes out of the oven.

10.When the baklava comes out of the oven, pour the corn syrup mixture over the top, being sure to get it in all the cuts. Let cool completely, uncovered, for several hours.

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