Traditional baklava, prepared for the oven in less than 15 minutes.
16 – 20 oz. walnuts, finely chopped
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 pound filo
3/4 pound butter or butter substitute
syrup: (low boil for 15 minutes)
1/2 cup water, 1 cup sugar, a few drops of lemon juice
Butter a 9 X 13 pan. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Place 6 fila at the bottom of the pan, brushing each with butter. Spread some nut mixture. Place 2 more fila over the mixture, buttering as you go. Add more nut mixture, then two more fila, always buttering. Repeat this process until the nut mixture is gone. Finally, 6 fila on top, again brushing each leaf.
Before baking, cut filo through to outline the pieces (12-15). Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, but check it at 35 minutes; you’ll want a perfect golden brown. While baking, prepare the sugar syrup over low heat, in a small saucepan.