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Jasmine's Hot Honey Pistachio Baklava

Prep Time:

1 hour

Bake Time:

40 minutes

Total Time:

6 hours

Yields:

24 servings

Level:

Intermediate

Ingredients

For the baklava:

  • 16 ounces roasted pistachios, shelled

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¾ unsalted butter

  • 16 ounce package frozen phyllo dough, thawed

For the honey syrup:

Tools Needed

Food Processor

Baking Dish

Basting Brush

Cooling Rack


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Preparation

Directly from the Disney Princess Baking: 60+ Royal Treats Inspired by Your Favorite Princesses cookbook by Weldon Owen


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.

  2. Make the baklava: In a food processor, combine the pistachios, sugar, and cinnamon and pulse until the nuts are finely ground but still have some texture. Divide the mixture evenly into four portions.

  3. Melt the butter over the stove or in the microwave. Brush the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish with some of the butter.

  4. Unroll the thawed phyllo sheets and lay them on a clean cutting board. Using a sharp knife, trim the stack of sheets to fit the prepared baking dish. Remove a phyllo sheet from the stack, lay it on the bottom of the dish, and brush it lightly, but thoroughly, with butter. Top with a second phyllo sheet and brush it with butter. Continue to layer and butter sheets until you have a total of seven sheets in the baking dish.

  5. Spread one portion of the pistachio mixture evenly over the phyllo. Repeat to layer five more phyllo sheets the same way, brushing each sheet with butter. Gently spread another portion of pistachio mixture over the phyllo. Repeat this two more times, layering and buttering five phyllo sheets and topping with one portion of pistachio mixture. Top the final addition of pistachio mixture with seven layers of butter phyllo. Brush the top sheet with butter.

  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the layered phyllo into twelve squares, then cut each square into a triangle, for 24 pieces total. Bake the baklava for 40-45 minutes, or until crisp and golden brown.

  7. Make the honey syrup: While the baklava bakes, stir together the sugar, both honeys, water, cinnamon stick, and orange peel in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, the reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has a slightly syrupy consistency, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

  8. When baklava is ready place the baking dish on a wire cooling rack. Remove the cinnamon stick and orange peel from the syrup. Slowly and evenly pour the syrup over the baklava, getting into all the nooks and crannies. Set aside at room temperature for at least 4 hours.

  9. To serve, garnish with additional ground pistachios (if desired). Enjoy!

Tags

Dessert, Disney

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