Buche de Noel
Grape Leaves


Fillo dough - 1 package
Finely chopped walnuts or pecans - 3 cups
Butter - 1 stick (unsalted is supposed to work best)
Honey - 1 cup (room temperature) [I use about 3/4 cup honey]
Brown sugar - about 1/4 package (more or less, depending on how sweet you like it)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Melt butter.
  3. Place 1 to 2 sheets of Fillo dough in the pan and then brush with butter. (Is supposed to work best if you butter every sheet [will require more butter])
  4. Repeat step three until the dough is stacked 12 sheets thick (or half the fillo has been used).
  5. Sprinkle half the brown sugar over the dough.
  6. Spread walnuts evenly.
  7. Sprinkle remainder of brown sugar.
  8. Repeat step three until all the dough has been used up.  Ensure you brush on butter after placing the last layer of dough.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut the baklava into diagonal or rectangular pieces.  (You’ll have to hold the dough in place because it will move around.)
  10. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees, place baklava in oven for twenty minutes.  (This is to brown the dough.)
  11. Take the baklava from the oven and apply the honey.  Ensure the edges and cuts are adequately covered as this is how the mixture gets to the lower layers.
  12. Allow to cool. 

You may not need all the honey. To much honey will make the Baklava soggy.



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Jaime El Sabio