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Miniature Baklava Bites

Servings: 28
What is Baklava?

Definition: [BAHK-lah-vah; bahk-lah-VAH] Popular in Greece and Turkey, this sweet dessert consists of many layers of butter-drenched phyllo pastry, spices and chopped nuts. A spiced honey-lemon syrup is poured over the warm pastry after it's baked and allowed to soak into the layers. Before serving, the dessert is cut into triangles and sometimes sprinkled with coarsely ground nuts.

Source: Adapted from The New Food Lover's Companion, Second Edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst

These mini baklava slices are perfect for a dessert tray. Serve them during the holiday season or anytime during the year. A wonderful addition to any celebration or get-together.

For Baklava:
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
5 (18x14-inch) sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed

1 tablespoon butter, softened
1 tablespoon honey

Melt 1/2 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup honey, lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened (18 to 20 minutes). Remove from heat.

Combine thickened honey mixture, walnuts and raisins in small bowl; mix well. Cool to room temperature (1 hour).

Heat oven to 350°F/180°C. Cut phyllo sheets in half crosswise (14x9-inch rectangle). Place 1 1/2 cups filling on end of each phyllo rectangle. Roll up, starting at long (14-inch)edge.

Combine all glaze ingredients; brush over top of dough. Cut into 1-inch slices with sharp knife. Repeat with remaining phyllo dough.

Place baklava slices onto ungreased baking sheet, cut-side down. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 1 to 2 minutes; remove from baking sheet. Serve warm or cool.

Makes 28 servings.

Source: Recipe adapted from Land O'Lakes
Date: August 22, 2006