Friday, January 7, 2011

Holiday Food and Art Creations

A few pictures and recipes for fun and delicious things I made during the holidays.

Wine Cork Wreath 
Vegan English Toffee with Hazelnuts
Gingerbread House Dreams

 Fiesta Sangria

Christmas morning breakfast - Aebleskivers
Baklava Joy

Baklava Joy
1 Package Organic Spelt Phyllo Dough
6 1/2 Cups Soaked and Chopped Walnut/Pecan Mixture
1 1/2 Cups Turbinado Sugar
2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Melted Vegan Butter
1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
3 Cups Honey 
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Finely chop nuts and soak overnight.  Drain water, then mix soaked nuts in a bowl with cinnamon, sugar, and salt.  Set aside.

Grease 13x9 inch pan.  Melt butter and coconut oil on low heat in a pan.

Cut phyllo dough sheets in half (approximately 13x9 inches) and cover with plastic while using.  They will dry out quickly if not used right away.  The sheets must also be defrosted according to instructions on box or they will stick together.

Place first phyllo sheet in the greased pan and brush melted oil mixture over it with a pastry brush.  Repeat 9 more times with phyllo dough and oil layers.  Sprinkle ~2 cups of the nut mixture over these layers.  Repeat 2 more times with oil and phyllo layers and nut mixture.

For the very top, place as many phyllo sheets as you have remaining, brushing the oil between each layer.  Using a sharp knife, score/cut the baklava into whatever shape you like in the pan.

Bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours at 300 degrees until lightly browned.  Before the baklava is done, combine the honey and lemon juice in a pan over low heat until runny.  Remove the baklava from the oven and pour the honey and lemon juice combined completely over it. Let the baklava cool and then cover and let sit for a few more hours before you enjoy!


  1. that looks delicious. did you get your pan from williams sonoma?

  2. It's been awhile, but I believe its the Norpro brand and I bought it on Amazon. It's a cast iron pan without a non-stick coating.


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