Bourekakia (Baklava 'cigars')

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 1hr 25mins
YIELD: 42 pieces




  • For syrup: Cook all ingredients in saucepan over low heat, swirling pan occasionally, until sugar dissolves, then boil 15 minutes.
  • Cool completely; strain.
  • For filling: Combine walnuts, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Blend in 1 cup syrup and whites (mixture should not be too stiff; add up to ¼ cup additional syrup, if necessary.).
  • To assemble: Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut phyllo into 5 x 8 inch strips.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and a damp towel until ready to use.
  • Take a strip and brush it lightly with melted butter.
  • Spread 1 heaping teaspoon of filling along narrow edge.
  • Fold in sides ½ inch toward center; brush sides lightly with butter; roll up tightly.
  • Repeat with remaining strips.
  • Arrange seam side down on baking sheet.
  • Brush with remaining butter.
  • (They can be frozen at this point � increase baking time to 30-35 minutes if baking them frozen).
  • Bake until golden and crisp, 20-25 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Dust lightly with powdered sugar.