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Alternative baklava

There are several foods that I love but don't make at home.  One of them is sushi.  With five sushi places within three blocks of home, I see no need to spend time and money making my own incarnation...especially when the sushi chefs do a much better job than I would!

The second item I won't make is baklava.  I get frustrated working with that much phyllo, and again....lots of bakeries (plus a Greektown!) nearby, and theirs is delicious.

Here, however, is a baklava substitute I can get on board with.  I saw it on BizBash's web site, as part of their series on international menus.  It didn't come with a recipe, but I bet it would be something like this...


Not Baklava
Pistachio ice cream (a very good vanilla would work, too)
Phyllo dough
Chopped pistachios
Melted butter

Follow the manufacter's directions for thawing the phyllo.  Take a few sheets and brush with melted butter.  Cut a small-ish square of dough for each guest.  You can shape it into a fan as in the photo, or cut into small strips and curl slightly.  Get creative.  Bake on a silpat at 375 for 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool on wire racks.

Scoop ice cream into your vessel of choice, and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.  Add the phyllo and drizzle honey over ice cream, nuts, and phyllo.  Alternatively, you could do a squiggle of honey on some wax paper, freeze it, and then peel the wax paper away from the hardened honey and put that in your dish, but I think honey in its natural state is tastier.

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