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Miracle Baklava

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour 25 min. Bake: 40 min.

Makes

30 servings

Always asked to bring baklava to special occasions, I created this lighter version to help everyone cut back on calories and fat. The layers of phyllo dough make it very flaky. Try it...you'll like it!
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Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Refrigerated butter-flavored spray (about 4 ounces)
  • 1 package frozen phyllo dough (16 ounce, 14-inch x 9-inch sheet size), thawed
  • SYRUP:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Spritz a 13x9-in. baking pan with butter-flavored spray. Unroll phyllo sheets. Place one sheet of phyllo in pan; spritz with butter-flavored spray and brush to coat evenly. Repeat seven times, spritzing and brushing each layer. (Keep remaining phyllo dough covered with plastic wrap to avoid drying out.)
  2. Sprinkle 1/4 cup crumb mixture over phyllo in pan. Layer with two sheets of phyllo, spritzing and brushing with butter-flavored spray between each. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup crumb mixture; repeat 11 times. Top with one phyllo sheet; spritz and brush with butter-flavored spray. Repeat seven more times, spritzing and brushing each layer.
  3. Cut into 15 squares; cut each square in half diagonally. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring the sugar, water, honey and lemon zest to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm. Pour syrup over warm baklava.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 154 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 154mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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