Phyllo dough

Baklava

by Linda Capeloto Sendowski on October 12, 2010

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While growing up in the Seattle of the 1950’s and 60’s, before its discovery by foodies worldwide, baklava was the quintessential holiday dessert in our Sephardic home.  Baklava graced the dessert table on Chanukah, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, weddings, brisses, any important occasion.  Once, I even begged my mother to make it for a home economics class pot luck, so the teacher would notice me.  In lean times, I recall stretching the ground nuts with fine bread crumbs.

I hate to admit it but those were pre food processor times and conscripted children had to grind nuts by hand with a Mouli grater.  Children used old fashioned nut crackers to crack open walnuts.  My mom and Nona used only walnuts in true Turkish style. I mixed up different nuts in this version just for fun.

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