Southern Baklava

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Southern Baklava

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 ounces of finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 16-ounce package of thawed phyllo dough

How to make:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the pecans, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Melt the butter in a small sauce over a low heat or in the microwave. Unroll the phyllo dough for a 9×11 glass dish. Cover with waxed paper topped with a damp towel until needed.

Layer 4 to 8 sheets of the phyllo dough, brush with butter, sprinkle some of the pecan mixture across the top. Layer 4 to 8 more sheets on top and repeat the process until all the layers of phyllo have been used and the pecan mixture is gone. Don’t forget to brush with butter. Cut diagonally into 1-inch diamond shapes, cutting through all the layers. Bake for 35 minutes or until brown. Remove from the oven.

Combine the honey, sugar, water, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium saucepan. Cook over a medium heat and stir until ingredients are mixed well and dissolved. Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pour the honey mixture over the warm baklava. Let stand 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving.

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Peach Pound Cake

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Peach Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 cups of chopped peaches

How to make:

Preheat the over to 325 degrees.

Grease a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray, or with butter and sprinkle with sugar, shaking out the excess.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until well blended. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, and add vanilla. On top of the wet mixture add flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix, beating until batter is well blended. Fold in the peaches.

Spoon into the prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 75 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Cool in the pan. Invert to remove. Flip the cake and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.