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Nov 16

Pecan Pie Baklava

Yes, you read that right. I took pecan pie and turned it into baklava.

{Your yoga pants love me right now, don’t they?}

Pecan Pie Baklava is like baklava that tastes like pecan pie!

Last week Jordan told me she was hoping Santa would bring her another American Girl Doll for Christmas this year.

{Yes, another. He’s been very generous and brought a bitty baby and 2 dolls over the past 6 years.}

I immediately put the kibosh on her idea, “Santa is no longer working with American Girl, sorry.”

“Then you can get Julie for me,” she answered. Girl has an answer for everything.

“Um, no, sorry,” I replied. “I’m no longer in the $100 for a doll business. But you can save your own money and buy her yourself, if you’d like.”

I think that stopped her in her tracks. Here’s hoping.

Pecan Pie Baklava is like baklava that tastes like pecan pie!

I mean, really. I can actually put my money behind the cost of the doll, because it’s a quality product that doesn’t look like it’s going to murder me in the night. It’s all the stuff that goes with it that really bugs me.

Allow me to introduce you to American Girl Absurdness, 2014 Edition:

First up, the super cute Dining Table and Chairs for $95. I mean, a girl’s gotta eat, right? But folks, read the fine print. Those pretty chair covers? Are an extra $34. (I’m pretty sure I could get an actual table and chairs at Walmart for my family for $129.)

Next, the Sunset Sleepover Tent for $85. And no, your daughter cannot sleep in the tent – it just fits the dolls.

And the piece de resistance: Samantha’s Ice Cream Parlor with everything you need to sell fake ice cream to your dolls. It’s only $300!

I mean, don’t get me wrong. If I was rich and had money to burn (do those people really exist, outside of the Kardashians?) I’d buy it all too.

But I’d still make fun of it. Because love it or not, you gotta agree with me in it’s ridiculousness.

Also ridiculous, but in a good way? Pecan Pie Baklava. It’s really a thing!

Pecan Pie Baklava has layers of flaky phyllo with pecans, butter, and a pecan pie flavored syrup!

A few years ago I made Peanut Butter Baklava and that rocked my world (yours too, y’all love it). Ever since then I’ve been itching to make another version.

Enter: Pecan Pie + Baklava. The ultimate Dessert Mash-Up!

This baklava has layers of phyllo dough that are sandwiched with tons of pecans and butter. If you’ve never worked with phyllo before, don’t be scared. Just make sure to keep it damp while you’re working with it because it dries out fast. I keep it covered with plastic wrap and a damp kitchen towel.

Also? The path to baklava success is paved with butter. Lots and lots of melted butter! It’s brushed in the pan and between each layer of phyllo.

Then, once it’s baked, you pour a sweet syrup over the top. Traditionally, baklava syrup is made with sugar, water, and honey. To get the pecan pie flavor, I substituted dark corn syrup for the honey and voila: Pecan Pie Baklava.

This dessert is a little gooier than a traditional baklava, but that’s what I was going for. Pecan pie is gooey and sweet…and so is this.

If you want a non-traditional pecan pie this year at Thanksgiving or Christmas…make this. It’s totally worth it.

Pecan Pie Baklava has layers of flaky phyllo with pecans, butter, and a pecan pie flavored syrup!

I wonder what a toy version of baklava would cost at American Girl? Since breakfast over there costs $58…I don’t even want to know.

Pecan Pie Baklava

Yield: 36 squares

Prep Time:45 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

Take a pecan pie and make it into a flaky baklava treat! Layers of flaky phyllo dough are sandwiched with pecans and a sweet syrup reminiscent of pecan pie!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pack Phyllo Dough (1 roll from a 2 roll box), defrosted
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Assemble your ingredients before you start. Place melted butter in a bowl and have a pastry brush for brushing it on the phyllo. Place nuts in a bowl near your work surface.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Thoroughly butter your 9×9” pan using a pastry brush. Unwrap your roll of phyllo dough onto a cutting board and cut it in half, so it will fit in your pan. Cover the phyllo dough with a layer of plastic wrap and place a damp kitchen towel over the top.
  3. Brush the top sheet of phyllo with melted butter. Grab it and the sheet below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, in the pan. Repeat two more times, so you have 6 sheets of phyllo in the pan. Cover the phyllo with the plastic/damp towel.
  4. Sprinkle with pecans.
  5. Butter another phyllo sheet and grab the one below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, on top the pecans. Sprinkle with pecans. Repeat this about 4 more times, or until you are out of pecans.
  6. Butter another phyllo sheet and grab the one below it (so you have two sheets) and place them, butter side down, on top the last pecan layer. Repeat this two times, so you have 6 layers on top of your last pecan layer. Butter the top of the baklava.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut your baklava into squares, being sure to cut all the way though all the layers. You can cut squares or diamonds, whatever you like.
  8. Bake about 30-40 minutes, until the baklava is golden brown.
  9. While the baklava is baking, heat the water, sugar, dark corn syrup, and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to lowest setting until the baklava comes out of the oven.
  10. When the baklava comes out of the oven, pour the corn syrup mixture over the top, being sure to get it in all the cuts. Let cool completely, uncovered, for several hours.

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