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Passover Mock Baklava
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This sweet matzah dessert may be made with butter or margarine and resembles a layered dessert filled with nuts and fruit, plus a sweet syrup. Please note this should be prepared a day or two ahead of time so the matzah layers have a chance to get softened and soaked and sweetened. If you don't prepare in advance you may be disappointed since this dessert improves with age!

Serves: 8

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5 to 6 matzoh ( soak in warm water for a few minutes only to soften )
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sugar
1 pkg dried soft apricots fine chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick butter or margarine melted and divided

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
juice from one lemon
3 Tbs butter or margarine
Honey as desired
sugar, cinnamon
Whipped cream or parve whipped topping
(both optional)


  1. Soften Matzoh in water and lay out on counter and cover with tea towel to keep moist.
  2. Matzoh should not be be soggy yet remain somewhat pliable.
  3. Mix chopped nuts with sugar and cinnamon (nuts also can be any favorite combination to include almonds).
  4. In a 9 inch square pan place down a matzah and brush with melted butter, add some nut mixture; sprinkle on some chopped apricots and repeat layers brushing with each matzah with some melted butter , adding nuts, apricots and ending with a top matzoh.
  5. Drizzle on some melted butter, sugar, cinnamon and bake 350F about 25 minutes.
  6. While baking, combine syrup ingredients, bring to boil and cook until syrupy and thickened about 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Remove baklava from oven and cool to warm and then pour on warm syrup.
  8. Let cool completely.
  9. When cool, pour on some honey over top of cooled baklava.
  10. Cover with foil and let rest a day or two.
  11. Carefully cut into squares and lift out carefully on dessert plates.
  12. Top with whipped cream if desired or drizzle on some more warmed honey.

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