Pistachio is my favorite nut. Hazelnut is my second favorite. And I've never had Baklava. Clearly I had to make this recipe! I made my first batch on Thanksgiving '09. The only things I did differently was use a 13x9x2" pan, omit the whole cloves, and I cut mine in squares. The 1st time I made it (not knowing any better) I ran out of butter before putting on the last top 8 layers. So I had to melt an additional stick of butter. Yeah it was so buttery that when you cut it with a fork buttery goodness would seep out. Everyone LOVED IT. They had seconds and took some with them for the road trip back home. I had left over nuts and left over syrup from the 1st batch - so I made it again (last night): This time I had left over butter as the recipe indicated I would: "Heat the remaining melted butter until boiling, and drizzle it evenly over the whole pan". I only poured half of what I had left over. This time around I dusted the top with left over nut/sugar mix. The cooking time 1:15 was too much and it made the top layer a bit brown instead of golden. Didn't taste any different. I would check it after an hour, if it risen and golden, pull it. I would not use whole cloves to garnish (useless unless edible. Use extra pistachios). T This was excellent, and very impressive to make for others. It doesn't take that long to make and it's not hard to make either. The layering takes a bit and I'm a bit forgetful so keeping count of layers was the only frustrating part.
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Pistachio is my favorite nut. Hazelnut is my second favorite. And I've never had Baklava....