Maple Walnut Baklava

Any Baklava is good baklava, but sometimes I love to play around with the flavours.  This Maple Walnut Baklava recipe is always a big hit when I make it for Thanksgiving!

YOU WILL NEED: 1 lb package Phyllo Sheets Chopped Walnuts * Butter melted Granulated Sugar Maple Syrup * I like the classic combination of walnuts with maple, but any nuts will work

Lay two sheets of phyllo in bottom of prepared pan. Use a pastry brush to apply a thorough coating of melted butter.  Layer with two more sheets. Repeat twice more, for a total of 8 sheets.

Sprinkle ¼ cup of the walnuts evenly across the top. Layer with 2 more sheets, butter, & walnuts.    Continue this pattern of two sheets, butter, nuts until you have about 6 sheets left.

Layer two sheets, spread with butter, lay down two more sheets, spread with butter, and top with a final two sheets.

Use a sharp serrated knife to cut the baklava into diamond or square shapes.  Don't cut all the way to the bottom – cut to about ¼ – ½” from the bottom.    Bake until crisp and golden brown. In the meantime, make the sauce.

In a small/medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, then simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes.

When baklava has finished baking, remove from oven and immediately pour the maple sauce evenly over the top.     Let cool completely before cutting all the way through to the bottom, using the precut lines. Enjoy!