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What are some recipes for authentic Greek baklava?

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Food.com offers an authentic recipe for Greek baklava that uses a sugar-based syrup and cloves for decoration. Kraft offers a recipe for sweet cheese baklava that uses cream cheese and honey.

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To make traditional Greek baklava, mix 300 grams of chopped walnuts, 200 grams of dry breadcrumbs and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and set the mixture aside. Place 5 sheets of phyllo dough in a large pan. Butter each sheet, and line the sides of the pan. Spread half the nut filling over the dough, and cover it with 3 sheets of pastry. Spoon on the remaining filling, and cover it with 5 sheets. Trim around the edges, cut the baklava into triangles, and place a whole clove in every third piece. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. To make the syrup, boil together 2 cups of water, 4 cups of sugar and juice from one lemon.

To make sweet cheese baklava, mix 1 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg for the filling. Beat together 16 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Layer 12 sheets of phyllo dough in a 13- by 9-inch pan, brushing each sheet with melted butter and sprinkling it with 1 tablespoon of filling. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle with honey, and cool before serving.

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