Holiday Food Traditions

Baklava is a Middle Eastern puff pastry made of phyllo (or filo) dough, chopped nuts and sweetener. This dessert tradition is thought to have started with the Assyrians in the eighth century BCE and then spread across the Mediterranean and into Asia. Ingredients change by area or, what is in season. In Greece, honey was added to the recipe making it sweeter than the more savory versions found in Turkey and Lebanon. Baklava was originally a dessert only for the rich, but today everyone can participate in this delicious culinary food tradition.

The following video shows how to make Lebanese style baklava, a traditional holiday food for the Lebanese community here in Texas.

Ingredients:

Pastry-

1 16oz package of phyllo dough
1 pound (or roughly 4 cups) chopped nuts
1 cup of melted unsalted butter
1 cup of white sugar
1 tsp (or “a splash”) of rose water

Simple Syrup-

1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp (or “a splash”) of lemon juice
1 tsp (or “a splash”) of rose water

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