Posted by: kmorris 11-11-99 2:53 PM


2 cups unsalted butter
1/2 pound of phyllo dough
2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 tablespoons cloves, whole
3 cups water
1/3 cup white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter over low heat.

Pour 2 tablespoons of butter into bottom of a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Layer 3 sheets of phyllo dough in pan. Trim dough to fit.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pecans over phyllo dough. Layer 3 more sheets of dough and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pecans. Continue dough - pecan layers until pan is 3/4 full.

With a sharp knife, score phyllo dough to form diamonds. Press a clove at each end of diamonds. Pour remaining butter over dough. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until dough is golden brown

While dough is baking, combine sugar, water and cinammon stick in medium saucepan and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add honey and simmer for 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick. Pour honey mixture over hot baklava. Let cool on wire racks. Cut into diamonds.

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