Syrup Ingredients:


  1. Thaw the filo before starting.
  2. Melt the butter.
  3. Grind or chop together the walnuts and almonds, and mix together with the cinnamon, allspice or cloves, and sugar.
  4. Using a rectangular pan, preferably a 9x13x2, brush the pan with the melted butter.
  5. Separate a sheet of the thawed filo.
  6. Keep the rest covered by, but not touching, a damp towel.
  7. Handling it as little as possible, lay a sheet of filo in the bottom of the pan.
  8. Brush it with butter and fold it over if necessary to fit in the pan.
  9. Do this until you have about 10-12 layers.
  10. Then put a layer of the nuts and spices mixture on top of the sheet of filo, cover with another sheet of filo, paint that with butter, and continue in this manner until you've used all of your filling.
  11. Top with about an equal amount of the filo sheets as you used for the bottom.
  12. If you're a little short or a little over, don't worry about it; too many layers can get a bit gummy, however.
  13. Be sure each sheet is brushed with butter.
  14. Cut across the completed baklava with a sharp knife, into triangles or diamonds.
  15. Bake at 350 for about an hour, or until evenly browned on top - think a nice golden color like some of the sunsets you saw in Greece.
  16. Syrup: Simmer together the syrup ingredients for ten minutes and strain. Set aside. A good time to make this is just after you've put the baklava into the oven. Pour the cooled syrup over the baklava and let it sit before serving.


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