St Augustine Style Thanksgiving Dessert – Baklava!


What better way than to finish a lovely Thanksgiving dinner than with one of our favorite Greek desserts?

St Augustine Style Thanksgiving Dessert – Baklava!
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Carole ODell – St Augustine Life – Beach to River
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 15 mins
Serves: 12
Non-traditional St Augustine Style Thanksgiving dessert.
Ingredients
  • 1 package (17 1/4 oz) frozen phyllo pastry, thawed
  • 1 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 c flaked coconut, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 c macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground allspice (or cinnamon)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/4 c honey
Instructions
  1. Butter a 13x9x2 – inch baking pan
  2. Cut phyllo in half croaswise and cut each haf to fit pan (discard left overs)
  3. Cover phyllo that is waiting to be used with slightly damp towel
  4. Layer 10 phyllo sheets in pan brushing each with butter
  5. Combine coconut, macadamia nuts, pecans, brown sugar, and allspice; stir well
  6. Sprinkle 1/3 of mixture over phyllo in pan
  7. Layer 10 more sheets of phyllo; brushing each with butter
  8. Repeat procedure twice more; ending with phyllo with brushed butter
  9. Cut into diamond shapes using a sharp knife
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until top is browned
  11. Let cool completely
  12. Combine sugar, water and honey in a saucepan
  13. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes
  14. Remove from heat and drizzle syrup over pastry
  15. Cover and let stand at room temperature 24 hours