Amy Riolo: Hi! I am Amy Riolo. Today, we are making Almond Baklava and I am going to show you how to make the syrup for the Baklava, then we will make the almond filling for the Baklava and we will assemble the Baklava. Then we will cut it and bake it. After the Baklava is done baking we will move it from the oven and we will cover it with our sweet syrup.
The tools which we will need today are a food processor, a saucepan, a wooden spoon, a regular spoon, a spatula, a sharp knife and an 11 x 17 inch baking pan. The ingredients which we will need to make our Almond Baklava are, for the syrup, one and a half cup sugar, two large strips of orange peel, the juice of one small orange and for the filling, we will need one and one half cups blanched almonds, one half cup sugar, one teaspoon orange blossom water and a one pound package of fillo dough which has been thawed for two hours at room temperature and one cup of unsalted butter which has been clarified.
Kitchen safety is always important. Today, we are going to be working with hot oven and hot syrup and sharp knives, so it's really important to supervise children while we are working in the kitchen.
Before we get started, let me tell you little about myself. I am a Cooking Instructor, Cookbook Author, Lecturer and Culinary Consultant, based in the Washington DC area. I specialize in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and the recipes which we are going to be making today are from by first cookbook called 'Arabian Delights; Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula'. So let's get started making baklava.