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
>Whole cloves, optional
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.
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.
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