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Snowy Day Baklava 
 
Dec. 16, 2013 1:52 pm 
Updated: Dec. 28, 2013 4:37 am
There are many firsts in our lives; first crush, first kiss, first car, first dance, first love, first child....first taste of BAKLAVA!

That's right!  I said Baklava!  

'Round these parts here in north eastern Ohio we had a little bit of snow this weekend.  I don't like driving in it so that was my prompt to start baking!

I've never made baklava until this weekend...seemed simple enough!  Right?  Right.

So off I went to the grocery store and grabbed the things I read I needed in many blogs, recipes and other miscellaneous websites on how to make this heavenly dish.  My taste-buds were not prepared for the rich, buttery, nutty, crispy taste that brought joy to my mouth with that first bite!

O.M.G!!

I brought some to church with me and it was an instant hit with kids and adults.  I wasn't prepared for the compliments that followed.  I sent my husband off to work this morning with a couple left over pieces I saved and by the time noon rolled around, I had 5 orders for this addictive stuff I'm now calling crack!  

But anyway, for most, this might seem or even look like an intimidating dish to make.  I won't lie, it is time consuming but the wait is well worth the reward in this case.  I bake a ton...and I mean a TON, but this, by far, was the most pleasing thing I've prepared in a very long time!  

I ended my weekend with making some Pizzelles and some Almond-Butter Cookies.  

I also toyed around with a little recipe I found here...Empanadas.  Yum!

Hope everyone has a great week!
 
Comments
Dec. 16, 2013 5:35 pm
I just saved your Almond butter cookie recipe. They sound delicious! I, too, made pizzelles this weekend; but I dislike anise, so I use almond extract and lots of vanilla extract instead.
 
Dec. 17, 2013 5:29 am
Sounds like you like "craklava". Isn't it good?
 
Big Apple Annie 
Dec. 28, 2013 4:37 am
Me too ... I kept the Almond Butter Cookie recipe, reminds me of one my mama made long ago. I also make Pizzelles, year round but especially at Christmas and I am also not a fan of anise so use vanilla and sometimes lemon extract. How brave of you, Chick, to do the Baklava! I think I draw the line on that one. (BTW, Mother Ann, still waiting for that special biscotti recipe you promised ... remember?)
 
 
 
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I'm a 40 year old wife & mom of 3 girls (ages 12, 20 & 23) and a gramma of 2 beautiful twins. I love, love, love to bake and just love to cook...lol! Did I mention I love to bake? I love cookies and cupcakes but I love my savory recipes as well!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook just about anything but love making homemade pizza! Yum! But I love to bake even more; cookies, cookies, cookies!
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Christmas cookies. As are as cooking, well, I just come from a very food oriented family and food has always been an important and celebrated part of growing up.
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I've had many but love to make homemade chicken noodle soup with homemade chicken broth and homemade noodles! For some reason, everyone is impressed that I make the noodles myself and you don't need any fancy equipment to make them!
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Well, "1000 characters max." surely won't be enough space to tell about my tragedies...lol! I can say this, as a baker and a home chef, kitchen tragedies are what make a great baker/chef. We learn from our mistakes and sometimes our biggest mistakes are the best part of a recipe!
 
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