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QUICK BAKLAVA

Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients
• 3/4 cup unsalted butter -- melted
• 2 cups walnuts -- finely ground
• 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
• 10 sheets frozen filo dough -- thawed
• 1/2 cup honey -- warmed
• 3/4 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice -- strained


Directions
Lightly brush a 9x13x2-inch pan with a small amount of the melted butter.

Combine walnuts and 2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.

Cut filo sheets in half crosswise. Cover with a damp towel. Place 1 sheet onto the bottom of the buttered pan. Brush with butter. Repeat for a total of seven layers. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup walnut mixture. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons warmed honey. Brush 1 filo sheet with melted butter. Place onto nut mixture. Repeat with another filo sheet. Repeat adding nut mixture, warm honey, and two filo sheets until no nut mixture remains. Brush 1 filo sheet with melted butter. Place on top of nut mixture. Repeat for a total of seven sheets. Gently cut into 1-1/2x2-inch portions.

Bake at 350 degrees F, in center of oven, for 30-35 minutes, until golden.

Combine remaining lemon juice, honey and cinnamon in a small saucepan, over a medium flame. Heat to a light boil. Heat and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Pour over baklava in pan. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Serve at room temperature.


Jennifer A. Wickes
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