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Low Calorie Recipe

This rich-tasting baklava contains half the amount of sugar and a fraction of the fat you would normally use, thanks to reduced fats, sugar, and nuts. The results will fool just about anyone.



1/2 pound shelled pistachio nuts, ground
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 tablespoon rose water
1/2 pound phyllo dough
1/2 cup low calorie margarine, melted
Rose Syrup
>Whole cloves, optional

Recipe Directions

Combine pistacho nuts, sugar, cinnamon and rose water in small bowl. Using half of filo sheets (cover remaining with plastic wrap to prevent from drying out), place 3 sheets in bottom of lightly greased 13x9-inch baking sheet. Brush with some of margarine. Sprinkle evenly with nut mixture. Place remaining sheets over nut filling, brushing after every third sheet and top sheet.

Cut baklava at 1-1/2-inch intervals diagonally to form pattern of about 35 diamond shapes. Bake at 400-degrees 25 minutes or until golden. Place on wire rack to cool. Drizzle rose water syrup evenly over top and allow to soak several hours. Stud each diamond-shape with whole clove.

Recipe Notes

For the nutritional analysis, a serving size includes 1-1/2-inch size piece of baklava with syrup.

*Rose flower water is an all-natural extract made from the distillation of rose petals. It is most commonly used in Middle Easter cooking as well as a flavoring for bar drinks.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes about 35 servings
Serving size: 1 piece
Calories: 85; Sodium: 32mg; Cholesterol: 0; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 9g; Protein: 2g; Fiber: trace

Exchanges: 1/2 bread; 1/2 fat