Pistachio-Cranberry Baklava

Phyllo intimidating? Not even close. Purchased phyllo dough is simple to work with, but it dries out quickly when exposed to air.

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  • Makes: 24 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Makes: 24 to 48 pieces
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Bake: 35 mins 325°F

Pistachio-Cranberry Baklava

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. For filling, in a large bowl stir together pistachio nuts, dried cranberries, 1/3 cup of the sugar, and the cardamom; set aside.
  2. Brush the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with some of the melted butter. Unroll phyllo dough; cover phyllo dough with plastic wrap. Layer one-fourth (5 or 6) of the phyllo dough sheets in the prepared baking pan, brushing each sheet generously with some of the melted butter. Sprinkle with about 1 cup of the filling. Repeat layering phyllo dough sheets and filling twice more, brushing each sheet with melted butter.
  3. Layer the remaining phyllo dough sheets on top of the last layer of filling, brushing each sheet with melted butter. Drizzle with any remaining melted butter. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 24 to 48 diamond-, rectangle-, or square-shape pieces.
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly in pan on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, for syrup, in a medium saucepan stir together the remaining 1 cup sugar, the water, honey, and vanilla. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour the syrup evenly over the slightly cooled baklava; cool completely.

From the Test Kitchen

Peanut Baklava

Prepare Pistachio-Cranberry Baklava as directed, except substitute 3 cups finely chopped peanuts for the pistachio nuts and cranberries and substitute 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon for the cardamom. Increase sugar to 1 1/2 cups and use 1/2 cup of the sugar in Step 1. Continue as directed. For the syrup, add 2 inches stick cinnamon before boiling. Remove cinnamon before pouring syrup over baklava.

Nutrition facts per serving: 243 calories, 5 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 15 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 16 g total sugar, 98 mg sodium

To Store:

Layer pieces between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. (Or, label and freeze for up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw pieces at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.)

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Nutrition Facts (Pistachio-Cranberry Baklava)

  • Per serving:
  • 200 kcal ,
  • 10 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat ,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 4 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 15 mg chol. ,
  • 131 mg sodium ,
  • 27 g carb. ,
  • 1 g fiber ,
  • 19 g sugar ,
  • 2 g pro.

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