10.27.2010
This year I really wanted to create something really gruesome to serve at a friends Halloween party. I came up with this recipe that was inspired by my childhood arch enemy Freddy Krueger. He was the terror in my dreams when I was younger, chasing after me with those razor sharp claws. I took a spin on the basic recipe for baklava. It reminded me of skin with its many layers of phyllo dough. Once baked it has the crispy look of baked skin!! Enjoy What you will need: Ingredients 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough 1 good amount of mixed chopped nuts 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup water 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup honey red and black gel food coloring lime curd - for puss optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C)
Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon in a bowl then set aside.
Chop up the nuts
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Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Turn off heat then set aside and let cool.
Make the simple syrup
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Melt 2 sticks of butter. Once melted completely, butter the bottoms and sides of a 8x8 inch pan.
Melt the butter
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Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack to fit the size of the pan. I just set the pan on top of the dough and cut around it to get the shape. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work - per the manufactured directions. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered in the bottom of the pan - this will be the base for the baklava.
Lay out the phyllo dough
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Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. I had about 4 layers before I got to the last layer.
Adding the different nutty layers
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Adding the different nutty layers
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My last layer I used Craisins Dried Cranberries to give a tart flavor.
Adding the different nutty layers
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Adding the different nutty layers
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The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep. Using a sharp knife cut into the skin either in a diamond or square shape all the way to the bottom of the pan. I cut the baklava into 5 long rows then turned the pan and cut again for a rectangle shape.
Adding the top layer
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Using the same sharp knife - in each section make deep cuts or slashes on the tops of the baklava.
Making the deep cuts in skin
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Your oven should be ready now to put your skin in. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp. Watch it about every 15 mins so you do not burn the dish.
Bake till golden brown
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Once you have removed the baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool before you add your blood.
Pour on the simple syrup
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Here I just some lime curd in a plastic bag with the end cut off very small - my cheap version of a pastry deco bag. This can be the puss is you desire.
Adding the blood and the puss
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Adding the blood and the puss
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With a plastic knife and the gel food coloring, add some blood along the cut lines. I used black in the very center of the cut for a more dramatic look.
Adding the blood and the puss
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Adding the blood and the puss
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Adding the blood and the puss
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Lastly I made the basic blood recipe out of karo syrup and red food coloring for the blood splatter on the plate. I placed the plate on the ground and stood on a chair letting gravity take over. With a spoon I just let the blood fall on the plate and splatter - super easy. Once you have finished adding the bloody touch to all of your baked skin - put them on your bloody plate then serve to your Halloween guest!!!!!! Hope you enjoy this treat. CRAFT Halloween Contest
Finished!

3 comments:

  1. Ooh (or do I mean ewwww?) I love baklava and this looks absolutely amazing for Halloween....I'll definitely be creating this for next year! Thanks for the great idea.

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Thank you so much for the kind words and comments - Thanks Lisa Ancarrow

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