The Monday Treat for the office this week was Baklava, unlike previous attempts this one was made using Alton Brown’s recipe from Good Eats.
The recipe is available here: Good Eats Baklava.
I had to make some slight deviations from the recipe, I couldn’t find any shelled/unsalted pistachio’s so I just used almonds and walnuts only. I also forgot to pickup all spice so it was just completely omitted. The recipe still turned out much better then the 2 alternate recipes I’ve tried from Allrecipes.com. I do however have a couple of comments, firstly Alton’s suggestion to thaw the phylo pastry in the microwave was a disaster, it got all gooey and I had to throw a whole box away so I would suggest thawing in the fridge. Secondly there seems to be slightly too much syrup as my 9×13 had a good half cm of syrup left after all the baklava was consumed, but I suppose it’s better to have too much rather then too little.
Here’s a snap I took of the 2 I kept back at home for us.
Overall it went over well with everyone at work and there were no leftovers for the vultures once I had passed them out.
Now to decide what to bring for next week, hopefully the new pantry will be done this weekend so I can have some time to bake something. Perhaps I’ll pull something random out of the Cookies and Squares book I got for christmas.