How to make it

  • 1/2 cup WALNUTS
  • 1/2 cup ALMONDS, blanched
  • 1 tsp CINNAMON
  • 1/2 TBS BUTTER (unsalted), clarified
  • 1 TBS LEMON JUICE (fresh)
  • 1 1-1/2 inch CINNAMON STICK
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Cover baking sheet with 2 pieces of parchment.
  • Coarsely grind all nuts with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in processor. Stack 10 reserved phyllo pastry sheets on work surface. Set rim of 10-inch springform pan atop pastry. Cut around inside of rim through entire stack using sharp knife, making 10 rounds. Cover rounds with damp towel. Set pan rim on prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush parchment and inside of pan rim with butter. Place one pastry round in pan rim and brush with butter. Repeat with four more rounds. Spread nut mixture evenly over
  • pastry. Top with remaining 5 pastry rounds, brushing each with butter. Using ruler as guide, cut pastry into 16 wedges (or however many pieces you want) with sharp knife. Sprinkle lightly with water. Bake until crisp and golden, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1/2 cup sugar, water, and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan over low heat, swirling pan occasionally until sugar dissolves. Add cinnamon stick,
  • increase heat to medium and boil until syrupy, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. When bubbles subside, add Cognac.
  • Flatten pastry atop cake. Remove pan rim from topping. Set topping on cake, using large spatula. Re-cut wedges. Replace pan rim on assembled cake. Immediately pour on hot syrup. Cool one hour.
  • Refrigerate one to 6 hours, preferably six hours. Let cake stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

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  • sas 9 years ago
    O.K. so I am riding my stationary bike and planning my Thanksgiving meal and desserts. I Knew I needed a cheesecake and I wanted something different like baklava. Well, if I didn't stumble upon this glorious recipe. This sounds like perfection. Two desserts in one.~~~~~~~Sas
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    OMG!!! This is a GENIOUS..You are combinig two differet cultures together..And Yes Michelle you are right,I will be preparing the ingredients soon and I will post you the picture if Grizzlybear wouldn't mind.
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  • jett2whit 10 years ago
    goodness gracious! sounds too much like a dream! Thanks for posting...guess if I wanna see it, I gotta make it :) Jett
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    Holy Moly...Im in loooove!
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  • michelle73 10 years ago
    Now this sounds divine! I can definitely see Ahmed trying this out soon! Hopefully he'll post pics for us to drool at LOL! :)
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  • angelgirl94 10 years ago
    Sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing. :)
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  • deedeec 10 years ago
    Please submit a picture of this some time if you can! I'd love to see it.
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    " It was excellent "
    trackwidow ate it and said...
    Oh My! I love Baklava and Cheesecake, who'd have thought to combine them. You are my hero!
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