|Sweet Cheese Baklava|
SWEET CHEESE BAKLAVA
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
HEAT oven to 350°F.
MIX nuts, sugar and spices; set aside. Beat cream cheese, 1/4 cup honey and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each.
LAYER phyllo in 13x9-inch pan, brushing each sheet with butter and sprinkling 1 rounded tablespoonful nut mixture between every other layer. Spread top with cream cheese mixture.
BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until cream cheese mixture is set. Heat remaining 1/4 cup honey; drizzle over baklava. Cool completely before cutting to serve.
HOW TO KEEP PHYLLO FROM DRYING OUT
Keep phyllo sheets covered with a sheet of plastic wrap or parchment and a damp towel until ready to use.
HOW TO FINELY CHOP NUTS
Process nuts and sugar in food processor until nuts are finely chopped.
Cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator up to 2 days. For best flavour, remove baklava from refrigerator about 30 min. before serving.