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February 20th, 2011
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In the winter of '65, we were hungry; just barely alive
Baklawa


For party at Taya's place.

Kittens "helped," mostly by being v. underfoot the whole time. Guess they were hoping I'd drop something?

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Current Music: Joan Baez -- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
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From:frandroid
Date:February 21st, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
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Motherfucker.
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From:mrputter
Date:February 21st, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
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???
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From:frandroid
Date:February 21st, 2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I am jealous of your baklava-baking skillz.
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From:mrputter
Date:February 22nd, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
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Oh, ha. Ok.

This was my first time making Baklawa, and I was actually surprised at how easy and painless it turned out to be. I've heard all these horror stories about how Baklawa is such a pain in the ass to get right, and I didn't really find that at all. I mean, it was a long and labour-intensive process, sure. But it wasn't actually all that difficult — not in the same way that most cakes and pastries are, where I spend half the process worrying about whether or not I've just screwed something up. In this case, I never felt like I was in danger of making an irreversable mistake. At least, not so long as I paid basic, rudimentary attention to what I was doing.

It came out quite well, I think. The recipe I had called for rosewater in the syrup, and I could have sworn I had some, but when I went to get it out of the cupboard... oops. So after a few minutes of thought, I grabbed a bottle of Rooh Afza, since that contains rosewater, and added a bit. Worked ok.

The baklawa I made was vegetarian, but decidedly non-vegan, owing to the non-trivial amount of butter you have to brush onto the phyllo dough. However I see no reason why you couldn't substitute that with peanut oil, or vegan margarine, or something, instead. I plan on trying it out, and will report my findings back here...
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From:frandroid
Date:February 22nd, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
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How do you think maple syrup would work??

Please do, re: vegan baklawa :)
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From:mrputter
Date:February 24th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
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Probably pretty well.

The recipe I used had me make a syrup out of sugar+water, then add flavourings to it (the aforementioned rosewater) and a whole whack of honey.

The honey is obviously not vegan (or, per my research, possibly the sugar, but that's a conversation for another time). However I've seen competing recipes that are similar, but just leave the honey out, in favour of more sugar. I imagine a maple syrup substitution would work quite well there.

I was actually thinking of using date syrup when I try to do a vegan one — I've seen it at some of the Indian / import stores that I go to, but have yet to try it in anything.
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