Lebanese Baklava ( Custard)

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Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
50 mins

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F after the filling has been prepared.
  2. Divide the pastry into 2-equal parts.
  3. Lay 1 sheet on a well-buttered 11 x 16 inch baking pan.
  4. Brush surface generously with melted butter.
  5. Lay second sheet on top of first and butter.
  6. Repeat until half of the pastry sheets have been used.
  7. Cover unused half of pastry sheets with a kitchen cloth to prevent from drying.
  8. Prepare the filling: Over medium heat bring milk, sugar vanilla and salt to a boil in a saucepan.
  9. Add fine grain semolina by sprinkling in a little at a time, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and the fine grain semolina is well cooked.
  10. Spread the cool semolina mixture evenly over the entire surface of pastry sheets.
  11. Again build up the remaining half of the pastry sheets, buttering each surface generously.
  12. Pour the remaining butter over the top.
  13. With a knife partially cut top layer of pastry into squares to let steam out.
  14. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until light golden.
  15. While the baklava is cooking prepare syrup: Place sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan.
  16. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved.
  17. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes without stirring.
  18. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  19. Remove baklava from oven.
  20. Pour off all excess butter by tilting the pan.
  21. Cook for 10 minutes after brushing surface lightly with some of the drained butter.
  22. Pour syrup over a little at a time, until all is absorbed.
  23. Allow to cool for several hours.