Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Just like everyone else, this time of the year is SO busy with activities. I have sort of been in a Bah Humbug mood this holiday season. It has been a loooong year in my family and I am very happy to see 2011 leaving and 2012 coming quickly. 
Hoping for a fresh start!

One of the things that sort of puts me "over the edge" every year is the annual Baklava event in my family. Every year I say this is the last year, for SURE, but somehow it never happens....I have been taught from a very young age that you MUST make baklava at Christmas and give to as many people as you can. I, for one, as I am getting older,  find this a "chore" instead of a fun thing...did I ever think it was fun--probably not. But for tradition sake and to make my mom happy the show must go on! This year, however, it went on by myself....but my mom did approve of the final product so I guess I passed. The people my husband works with in surgery start asking for it in September and "reminding him". Heck they have even asked over the summer!

It starts the night before with grinding the nut mixture and getting "ready"...... 
The next day.....the layering process.....

the cutting process......
the baking hour a pan..this year I made (4) 12" x 20" pans
the out of the oven before honey process....
wait 12 - 24 hours and start the honey process....
then my absolute LEAST favorite part.....cutting it all apart. You have to do it by hand, no electric knife will cut through it after it is baked and has honey....that was yesterday. Today my hand is a mess....but it is TRADITION....
then the pack up and get the heck out of my house part :)
I forgot to mention there are 2 other Greek cookies on this dish and another 4 types of regular...all in a day's work. Actually a few days work :)

And in the "holding room"....aka my sunroom (love that in the Chicagoland area I get an extra refrigerator/freezer in the winter) are all the other pans of cookies waiting to be delivered to my mom for approval. 
That my friends is alot of cookies and pastry! is important.


  1. OMG! Everything looks so yummy! I decided too break tradition and did not do one bit of baking! It just about killed me, but I went to costco and let them do all the work. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Maria, that looks so good. I used to work with a Lebanese Doctor and his Aunt Anna made Baklava all the time. He would ask me to pick it up for him and she always had some for me...mmmmmmm! Boy I miss those days. All her food was incredible. If you have any extra, let me know, I will happily take if off your

    Now one of the reasons I stopped thank you for hosting MPS 12 Days of Christmas for Robyn. I have to say she is missed. Hope all is well with everyone.

    Have wonderful and happy holidays.
    Dee B

  3. Oh my! I love that you have a Baklava event at your house! How lucky are those recipients!!! Looks fantastic!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Looks yummy! Here in Canada...most of us make Nanaimo bar, cutting it is a challenge...the chocolate can crack...then oops, have to eat that one. Lee-Ann :)

  5. Oh wow Maria, that looks incredible---and talk about work!! I'm sure it was so appreciated though!!! Happy holidays!!! :)


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