Quick Crescent Baklava
Prep Time: 25 min
Total Time: 2 hr 25 min
This traditional nut and honey sweet treat is made remarkably easy when refrigerated crescent roll dough is used as its base.
- 2 cans (8 count each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Original Crescents
- 3 to 4 cups (750 mL to 1 L) walnuts, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup (175 mL) granulated sugar
- 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
- 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter or margarine
- 2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice
- Heat oven to 350°F. Unroll 1 can of dough and separate into 2 long rectangles. Place in ungreased 13x9-inch pan; press in bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust. (If using crescent rolls, firmly press perforations to seal.) Bake 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in large bowl, mix walnuts, 1/2 cup of the sugar and the cinnamon.
- Spoon walnut mixture evenly over crust. Separate remaining can of dough into 2 long rectangles. Place over walnut mixture; press out to edges of pan. With tip of sharp knife, score dough with 6 lengthwise and 6 diagonal markings to form 36 diamond-shaped pieces, using dough edges and perforations as a guide.
- In 1-quart saucepan, mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the honey, butter and lemon juice. Heat to boiling. Remove from heat; spoon half of sugar mixture evenly over dough.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes longer or until golden brown. Spoon remaining sugar mixture evenly over hot baklava. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 30 minutes. For diamond shapes, cut 6 straight parallel lines down length of pan; cut 6 diagonal lines across straight lines.
- Baklava (bahk-lah-VAH) is a sweet dessert made with layers of butter-drenched pastry, spices and nuts. A honey-lemon syrup is poured over the baked warm pastry and left to soak.