Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Faux Baklava aka Honey Pie

I went to a local Greek Festival a few weeks ago and since then I've had baklava on my mind.  Then my latest issues of Taste Of Home came in the mail with a picture of what appeared to be a baklava pie on the cover.  I knew I had to make this.  It was actually a Greek Honey Pie but it seems pretty baklava-ish to me and I'm assuming much easier.

So I made it.  I halved the recipe though so it was a mini Greek Honey Pie...

Mini Greek Honey Pie (based on Taste of Home's Recipe)-Makes 4 servings

1.5 cups of walnut pieces
1/8 cup brown sugar
a couple sprinkles of cinnamon
1/2 package of phyllo dough (from freezer section) thawed
3/4 of a stick of butter (I cut this down some from the original recipe)

a little more than 1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

I used a mini deep dish pizza pan to make this.  You  need something that's about half the size of a regular pie pan (like a small casserole dish).

-mix walnuts, brown sugar and cinnamon and set aside
-brush pan with some melted butter
-layer 8 1/2 sheets (I cut the sheets in half since I was using a smaller dish) of phyllo dough (slightly larger than the pan so it hangs over the sides) and brush each one with butter
-then add 1/3 of the nut mixture
-then four more sheets of butter/phyllo dough
-then 1/3 of nuts
-4 sheets butter/phyllo
-the rest of the nuts
-8 sheets butter/phyllo
-then fold the hanging edges of phyllo into the center of the pan and put one last layer of butter
-cook at 350 for about 35-40 minutes
-to make syrup, mix the remaining ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils, then let it simmer for 10 minutes
-pour the syrup over the warm pie and serve

This was delightful, although probably not the healthiest thing ever.

Do you have a Greek Festival in your city?
What's your favorite Greek food item?


fojoy said...

That pie looks amazing! Was it as simple as you thought?
Simple recipes, for me, usually consist of no more than 4 steps...
Greek food isn't my favourite, but most things are OK. I like hummous - now that is simple!

Anonymous said...

Do vampires like honey pie?

Gene Cobb said...

Baklava and Dracula rhyme. Coincidence, I think not. :-) These look good!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh my gosh! That looks soooo good! You did good!