I can think of no better way to prepare, than by making an assortment of Christmas cookies, traditional paklava and other sweet treats!
Here are some of our favorites. We hope you’ll like them as much as we do!
Almond Pine Nut Cookies
|Almond Pine Nut Cookies|
|Apricot Crescent Cookies|
Armenian Cookies – Kahke
|Chocolate Tahini Truffles|
Yield: 30 to 40 pieces
|Fillo dough, clarified butter, simple syrup, and chopped nuts with cinnamon.|
2 cups walnuts, pecans or pistachio nuts, chopped
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
11/2 cups clarified unsalted butter, melted (*See below)
1 lb. Phyllo dough, thawed
1. In a medium bowl, combine nuts and cinnamon. Set aside.
2. Lightly brush a 9" x 13" baking pan with melted butter. (FYI: I made a smaller amount in an 8"x8" pan.)
3. Place half of the phyllo sheets (20 sheets) on the bottom of the pan, lightly brushing every (or every other) sheet with melted butter.
4. Spread with nut mixture.
|Buttered bottom layers are cover with nut-cinnamon filling.|
6. Place tray of unbaked paklava in refrigerator for about45 minutes to one hour before attempting to cut.
|Paklava ready to bake.|
7. To make diamond-shaped cuts: using a very sharp knife, cut diagonally, then make vertical cuts through phyllo dough.
8. Bake in preheated 350°- 375° F oven (depending on your oven) for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden brown.
9. As soon as the paklava comes out of the oven, spoon some of the cooled syrup over the top of each piece. Cool completely before serving.
*To clarify butter: Melt about 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups butter or butter and margarine over low heat until foam appears. Skim foam and keep on low heat for about 15 minutes or until water has evaporated and salt and solids settle to bottom of pan. Cool about 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully pour clarified butter into container, leaving salt and solids at bottom of the pan. Discard solids.
Simple Syrup Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
1 strip of lemon peel or a drop of lemon juice
Bring all ingredients to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and cool.
For the Mini Paklava recipe, click here.