Baklava (sweetened only with honey, no added sugar)
My family loves the taste of honey, so I use only honey to sweeten my baklava. No refined sugar. I also use fresh squeezed oranges in my syrup. Makes it smell and taste incredible. Enjoy!
1.5 cups honey (I highly recommend Tasmanian Leatherwood Honey)
1/4 c of orange juice (or freshly squeezed oranges/clementines)
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, add the honey, orange juice, water and cinnamon stick and heat over medium heat just until boiling. Then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes for flavors to meld and syrup to thicken slightly. Turn off heat and let cool.
Mix the toasted chopped nuts with the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg. Set aside.
Place two sheets of dough in pan and brush with melted butter. Repeat with another two sheets, butter the top. Repeat until you have 8 sheets of phyllo on the bottom. Sprinkle a small amount of the spiced nut mixture evenly across the buttered sheets. Top with two additional sheets of dough, brush with butter. Sprinkle another thin layer of the nut mixture atop the buttered sheets.
Continue to layer the dough, butter and nuts until you have 6-8 sheets left or you've reached your desired thickness. Leave 6-8 sheets of phyllo on top.