Blueberry-Almond Baklava with Orange Blossom Honey

Description

Yield
Servings
Prep time
30 minutes
Cooking time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour

Ingredients

1⁄4 c
orange blossom honey
1⁄2 c
water
1 c
granulated sugar
1 T
lemon juice
1 U
whole vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 c
butter, unsalted, softened, plus extra for buttering pan
3⁄4 c
warm water
1 t
pure almond extract
1 t
lemon zest
2 c
dried blueberries
2 1⁄2 c
sliced almonds
1⁄2 c
granulated sugar
1⁄4 t
ground cinnamon
1⁄2 t
ground mace
16 oz
phyllo dough, thawed

Directions

Orange Blossom Honey Syrup
In a medium saucepan, combine honey, water, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla bean over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool uncovered.
Blueberry-Almond Baklava
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13 x 9" baking pan with butter. In a medium bowl, combine warm water, almond extract, lemon zest, and dried blueberries. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for 15 minutes. Drain well. In a food processor, pulse the almonds 3-4 times until coarsely ground. In a large bowl, combine blueberries, almonds, sugar, and spices. Set aside. Unroll the phyllo dough and cover with a damp kitchen towel: this will keep the dough soft and pliable. Place one sheet of dough in bottom of a baking pan. Lightly brush with softened butter. Continue to layer and brush the dough repeating 8 times. Sprinkle half of the fruit-nut mixture over dough evenly.  Repeat 8 sheet processes again and top with remaining fruit-nut mixture. Top with remaining 8 sheets of dough and brush with softened  butter. With a very sharp knife, cut only halfway through the pastry in 4 equal sections, turn the pan and cut 4 more equal sections in the opposite direction making 16 squares. Cut an X in each square. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Remove vanilla bean from syrup and drizzle over warm pastry.