Nut Free Baklava (Sesame Seed)

Phyllo dough can be tricky to work with but yields delicious results.

Prep: 20 Min    Cook: 1 Hr    Total Time: 1 hr 20 min

INGREDIENTS 

8-9 inch square pan.

1 pkg phyllo pastry sheets

1 stick butter, melted

2 Tbsp orange zest

1 c sesame seeds

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

SYRUP INGREDIENTS

1/2 c cups sugar

1 c water

3 Tbsp honey

1 tsp lemon zest

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat your oven to 325 degrees.

To make the filling, simply mix together the sesame seeds, sugar, orange zest, and spices.

Next, cut your phyllo sheets with a knife to fit the pan.

Butter your pan, or use cooking spray. Then, add a sheet of phyllo and brush with butter. Add 3 more sheets, brushing with butter after each sheet. Then add a thin layer of the filling. Add three more sheets, (buttering each sheet) then more filling, and keep repeating this until you've used up the filling, topping it off with three sheets of phyllo, and a brushing of butter.

Now, cut it into squares, since it will be difficult to do this after it has baked.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour.

While it's baking, make the syrup. To make the syrup, just toss all of your syrup ingredients (sugar, water, honey, lemon zest) into a pot and stir, until the sugar dissolves. Bring it to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until it has a thin but syrup-like consistency. When your baklava is finished baking, pour the syrup over it, and enjoy!

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