Variety of Baklava and more!
My mom made some fillo dough yesterday and gave me some to play around with:
The first picture is of traditional nut baklava. I made a paste of walnuts and orange blossom water.
The second picture is sometimes called birds nest baklava, and the fillo is cooked first, covered in syrup, and then filled in the center with either whole nuts or powdered nuts.
My mother and I have been baking up a storm this week! Here are some examples of what we've been making:
snowball cookies made with toasted almonds and rose water, cookies (similar to shortbread but finer) stuck together with homemade apricot jam and dipped in ground pistachio, a special middle eastern cookie called Ghorayeba which is a very creamy rich cookie, short bread cookie with chocolate and pecan, short bread filled with homemade apricot jam, and so on. We made about fifty of these platters so far and will be gifting them to neighbors and friends.