Rolled Light Baklava

Servings: Depends on size of rolls
Preparation time: 120-180 minutes
Active time: 60-90 minutes
Total time: 2-3 hours + 60-90 minutes
Ingredients


Syrup

Procedure

Halve the lemon quarter. In a small saucepan, heat the oils with the lemon over low heat for 5 minutes; do not boil. Let cool completely and discard the lemon.

Spread 1/2 cup of the almonds on a baking sheet and lightly toast, about 6 minutes.

Coarsely chop the toasted almonds, the walnuts and the remaining 1/2 cup raw almonds in a food processor.

Preheat the oven to 190°C.

In a medium bowl, combine the almonds and walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Without Kataifi
Stack the phyllo sheets on a work surface and cover with plastic wrap and then a damp kitchen towel.

Oil a large baking sheet.

Lay 1 sheet of phyllo on the work surface and brush lightly with the lemon oil. Lay 1 more sheet of phyllo on top and brush with oil. Sprinkle about 2 1/2-3 tablespoons of the almond mixture evenly over the phyllo, leaving about 11/2 inches of the short side farthest from you uncovered.

Brush the uncovered phyllo border generously with oil. Starting with the short side nearest you, roll up the phyllo tightly like a jelly roll, brushing the outside lightly with oil as you roll. Press to seal and turn the roll seam side down on the work surface.

Cut the log into 10 equal pieces and place the pieces cut side up about 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet.

Make 4 smaller rolls if you are just using the phyllo sheets.

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With Kataifi.
Open the Kataifi and place in a bowl and cover with a cloth. Stack the phyllo sheets on a work surface and cover with plastic wrap and then a damp kitchen towel.

Oil a large baking sheet. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo on the work surface and brush lightly with the lemon oil. Lay 1 more sheet of phyllo on top and brush with oil. Sprinkle about 2 1/2-3 tablespoons of the almond mixture evenly over the phyllo, leaving about 11/2 inches of the short side farthest from you uncovered.

Distribute one-third of the kataifi (if you are using it) over the almond mixture, again leaving about 11/2 inches of the short side farthest from you uncovered. Drizzle the kataifi with some oil and sprinkle about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the almond mixture evenly over it.

Cut the log into 10 equal pieces and place the pieces cut side up about 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet.

Make 2 more logs (20 more baklava rolls) in the same manner

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Bake the rolls on the middle rack of the oven until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Syruping

In a medium saucepan, combine the honey, water, sugar, lemon and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, stirring, and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Let cool until warm; discard the lemon and cinnamon stick.

Transfer the hot baklava rolls to a baking dish large enough to hold them tightly in a single layer and pour the warm syrup over them, making sure to cover each roll. Let stand for 2 to 3 hours.

Turn the rolls over, and if you like, drizzle with lemon liqueur.

Cover, and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 day before serving.

Baklava rolls will keep in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.