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Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe

Homemade North African Baklava is filled with walnuts, honey and orange blossom water layered with light phyllo pastry.

North African Baklava Recipe

For this North African baklava recipe please make sure the phyllo pastry is thawed before you begin the recipe.

Culture and food of North Africa would not be complete without including Baklava. North African Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers light airy filo dough filled with chopped nuts, sweetened, with honey.

Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe

Serves 10

Sweet Easy North African Baklava Recipe
Baklava 
Ingredients
One 16 ounce package phyllo dough
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup melted butter

Baklava Syrup 
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
½ cup orange blossom honey
¼ teaspoon orange blossom water

Directions
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Mix cinnamon and walnuts in a medium bowl set aside. Unroll phyllo cut into two equal halves.

Cover phyllo with a slightly moist cloth while assembling to keep from drying out. Place 2 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the prepared dish, brush liberally with butter, and sprinkle 3 tablespoons of cinnamon and walnut mixture on top. Repeat layers. Cut baklava into desired serving sizes bake 45-50 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Finally, when the baklava is removed from the oven immediately evenly pour syrup over the finished pastry. Allow cooling before serving. Store uncovered.

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