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Baklava

Serves : 18
Prep. Time : 1:30

1 cup butter - melted
1 Lb. chopped walnuts OR mixture of walnuts, pecans, and almonds
1 tps. ground cinnamon
1 Lb. package phyllo dough
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey

-Brush melted butter over the bottoms and sides of a 9" X 13" pan.
-Toss chopped nuts with cinnamon. Set aside.
-Unroll phyllo dough and cut the stack in half to fit the pan.
-Place 2 sheets of dough in pan and generously brush with butter.
-Repeat 3 times.
-Sprinkle 2-3 Tbls. of nut mixture on top, top with 2 sheets of dough, brush with butter.
-Repeat 5 times.
-Place 2 sheets of dough on top and brush with butter.
-Repeat 2 times.
-Using a sharp knife, cut into 1" squares, making sure to cut al the way to the bottom of the pan.
-Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes, until baklava is golden and crisp.
-While baklava is baking, boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved, then add vanilla and honey. Simmer for 20 minutes.
-As soon as baklava is finished baking, spoon sauce over it. Allow to cool.
-Divide each square into cupcake papers. Store uncovered or freeze.

NOTES : Phyllo dough dries out easily. While working with it, keep covered with a damp cloth.

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