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Christmas Baklava Recipe

22 Dec

Baklava6If you haven’t figured it out, I’m part Greek. My great grandfather moved to America when he was 17, settled down in central Pennsylvania, and ran a shoe repair shop until his death in 1966. I never met him, but I also can’t help but be proud of my Greek heritage.

Food remains the one Greek tradition that trickled down through my family. We lost my grandfather’s original recipes but continue to make Greek-inspired dishes all year round, with feta, pita, and Kalamata olives serving as household staples.

For Christmas specifically, we make baklava. Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert comprised of three main ingredients — phyllo dough, walnuts, and honey. It’s a sweet, sticky, light, and crispy treat, perfect with a cup of tea by the fire.

Baklava Recipe

Baklava Syrup Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and let cool. 

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