November 16, 2021

Bourbon Pecan Baklava with Bourbon Orange Glaze

This pecan baklava recipe takes patience, but you won't regret the result!


Ingredients for Baklava

• 1 lb. butter, melted

• 1 lb. phyllo pastry sheets (Athens 9"×14" twin pack)

• 1 lb. pecans

• 1 cup sugar

Ingredients for Glaze

• 1 cup orange juice

• 1 to 2 lemons, juiced

• 3 oz. bourbon

• 2 cups sugar


Directions for Baklava

1. First, have a sip of bourbon. This will settle your nerves and increase your patience for the job ahead.

2. Set your oven to 425°F. While it's warming up, butter a 10"×15" pan.

3. Blend the pecans and sugar in a food processor until fine.

3. Take a pack of the phyllo from the fridge and cover it with a damp cloth. Pull one sheet off, lay it neatly in the pan, and brush it with butter. Repeat until all of the sheets in the pack are gone.

4. Now, pour in the pecan and sugar mixture and spread it evenly.

5. Start the process of stacking and buttering phyllo sheets again with the second pack until they are all gone. Cut the baklava into a diamond pattern and bake for 45 minutes.

Directions for Glaze

1. Bring the orange juice, lemon juice and sugar to a boil.

2. Remove from the heat and stir in the bourbon. Reserve the glaze until the baklava comes out of the oven. Then, pour it evenly over the top and allow it to cool. Plate up some baklava for the jolly old elf and don't forget the bourbon.

Good eats and Merry Christmas to all!

Contributed by: Jim Shirley - head chef of The Fish House restaurant in Pensacola


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