March breACK! 2014: A Baklava Snake Even the Kids Could Make

A baklava snake even the kids could make! easy awesome baklava recipe
Instead of having the kids cook their own Mediterranean lunch today, I decided to make them a Mediterranean treat: Baklava… And, since there are so many “snakes” in the story we’ve been reading and illustrating all week, I thought I’d make their baklava in a snake shape! Here’s the recipe I came up with.  It’s VERY easy to put together.  Any kid could follow it!  So, kids, if you want more…and I know you will…here’s where to look!

  Perfect Baklava ! An Easy Baklava snake from the Lunchbox Season ! Even the kids could make it!
Baklava Snake 

makes 1 10-in coil and 1 4-in coil [cook’s treat!]

Filling
1 c sugar
2c whole, shelled pistachios
1c toasted walnuts
1 c toasted almonds, filberts, pecans, walnuts, or a mix
1 tbs cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp rose water [or vanilla]
1 tsp orange flower water [or vanilla]
1 tsp water

Pastry
1 454 g package/14 leaves phyllo pastry
1 c unslated butter, melted

Syrup
1.5 c sugar
.6 c water
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp orange flower water [or vanilla]

Baklava snake recipe from the lunchboxseasonMethod
[see also image-diy below written instructions]
Line a 10-in circular cake pan [and a 4 to 6-in circular pan, if desired] with parchment paper.
Coat the papered bottom and sides with baking spray or a bit of melted butter.
In a food processor, pulse the nuts until finely chopped.
Add the sugar and spices and pulse to combine.
Remove 4 tbs of this mixture to reserve as a topping.
Add the lemon juice, flavoured waters, and the plain water, and pulse until combined and thickened slightly.

Lay out one sheet of phyllo pastry the longer side stretching from left to right.
[Other sheets should be covered with a slightly damp towel until ready to use.]
Butter one sheet of phyllo with a pastry brush.
Top with another sheet of phyllo and butter again.
Take about .5 c of the nut mixture and spread in thick line along the base of the sheets, leaving about .5-inch on both your left and your right empty of filling.
Carefully roll the dough around the nut mixture and further away from you in a “tube” shape, buttering the pastry a bit as you roll it up.
Gently seal the edges of the pastry by folding the edges down and towards the centre of the roll.
Carefully coil up the pastry, placing it in the centre of the cake pan.
Make more tubes and add them to your first coil until you have filled the pan.
[If you have extra filling and phyllo, you can make a second, single coil in a separate pan or on a baking tray!]
Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden.

baklava snake recipe - yum!!!While the baklava is baking make the syrup.
In a saucepan, heat sugar, water, juice and orange flower water for about 5 minutes over medium heat, until sugar has dissolved and mixture is clear.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in juice and orange flower water [or vanilla].
Set aside to cool slightly.

After removing the baklava from the oven, sprinkle the reserved nut mixture over top.
Pour the warm syrup over the top of the baklava, coating it completely.
Let the baklava cool and cover with foil or plastic wrap.
Let the baklava sit for at least an hour [a day or two is best] before you slice into it!
Enjoy!
baklava snake! putting it all together

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