Catholic Recipe: Baklava with Cream Filling
- 1 lb Phyllo pastry sheets
- 3/4 lb Sweet butter; melted
- 3 c Milk
- 1/3 c Sugar
- 1/4 ts Salt
- 1/2 c Fine grain semolina
- 2 2/3 c Sugar
- 2 c Water
- 2 tb Lemon juice
- Serves: 24
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Difficulty: • • • •
- Cost: $$$$
- For Ages: n/a
- Origin: Turkey
Also Called: Muhallebili Baklava
For the feast of St. Polycarp this would be a good recipe to try.
Preheat oven to 350 F after the filling has been prepared. Divide the pastry into 2-equal parts. Lay 1 sheet on a well-buttered 11 x 16 inch baking pan. Brush surface generously with melted butter. Lay second sheet on top of first and butter. Repeat until half of the pastry sheets have been used. Cover unused half of pastry sheets with a kitchen cloth to prevent drying.
Prepare the filling: Over medium heat bring milk sugar and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add farina by sprinkling in a little at a time stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and the farina is well cooked. Spread the hot farina mixture evenly over the entire surface of pastry sheets. Again build up the remaining half of the pastry sheets buttering each surface generously on top of farina. Pour the remaining butter over the top. Cut pastry sheets into 24 equal squares.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until light golden. While the baklava is cooking prepare syrup: Place sugar water and lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil and simer for 15 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Remove baklava from oven. Pour off all excess butter by tilting the pan. Cook for 10 minutes. Brush surface lightly with some of the drained butter to give luster to the pastry. Pour syrup over a little at a time until all is absorbed. Allow to cool for several hours.Recipe Source: Art of Turkish Cooking, The by Neset Eren
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