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How to Use Orange Blossom Water Recipe.

Baklava is filo dough stacked with honey and nuts drizzled with orange blossom water syrup to make a sweet traditional Moroccan North African dessert.

Baking pastries in North Africa

The sweet history of Moroccan Baklava is as diverse as the number of ways it is prepared throughout North Africa. Hint: Filo dough and puff pastry are not interchangeable in this recipe. Filo dough is a dough that is stretched to a semitransparent sheet and frozen. Puff pastry is dough thats layered with butter.

Moroccan Orange Blossom Water Baklava Recipe 

Orange Blossom Water Baklava Recipe 
 
Learn how to make an easy Moroccan North African Orange Blossom Water Baklava recipe with filo dough.

Moroccan Orange Blossom Water Baklava Recipe Serves 12
African food


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 generously with butter, and sprinkle cinnamon and walnut mixture on top.

Repeat layers.

Cut baklava into desired serving sizes bake 45-50 minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low.
When the baklava is removed from the oven immediately evenly pour syrup over the finished pastry. Allow cooling before serving.

Orange Blossom Water Baklava

Did you know?
Ilma Zhar or orange flower water is a clear strong, distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms. In Morocco, orange blossom water is called Ilma Zhar, a phrase in Arabic meaning flower water.

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