I believe that every post I write from now on will be titled, and Beaded Spiders!
I am obsessed with them. I have now made over twenty and I can't stop. They are what I do before I have my morning coffee. What's really sad is that I tend to name them after Battlestar Galactica characters which is another obsession of mine......and GLITTER. I love it. I kinda just discovered it. I cover wooden beads in glue and glitter. Shiny!!
|I call her Boomer|
|This is Athena|
In between all that spider making, I was able to pop off a few batches of Baklava, which is really why you are here. But if you are a Battlestar Galactica fan, you know the spiders will be back, as there are many copies!
Picture quality is a little fuzzy. I used my phone as I didn't want to get butter all over my camera.
|Box of phyllo pastry, 1 cup butter melted|
|3/4 cup chopped pecans or any nut you would like to use! I don't grind them to a powder, but they should be pretty finely chopped so they don't puncture holes through the pastry.|
|Unroll your pastry and leave stacked.|
|Brush butter over the entire sheet..|
|Sprinkle nuts on top|
|Go the the hardware store and buy a 2 foot piece of 1/2 inch dowel|
|Roll your first sheet around the dowel, nuts and all!|
|Butter up a second piece, and roll it over your first...NO NUTS this time!|
|Push the two ends in to form an accordion like tube|
|Push pastry off the dowel into a pan and repeat process until your sheets are gone.|
Generously brush the remaining butter over your pastry and slip into a preheated 350 degree oven
|Bake for 45 to 50 minutes|
|This step can be done while your baklava is baking. Mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1/2 cup honey, and 1 TBSP lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil for a few minutes, making sure sugar is dissolved. Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.|