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Pear Almond Baklava Roll

Pear Almond Baklava Roll

A very easy to prepare dessert using ready made frozen phyllo pastry, ground almonds, honey and pears. I think the fruit center cuts trough the sweetness of the honey and balances the dessert a bit more than straightforward baklava which I also love.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6
Author Barry C. Parsons

Ingredients

  • 8 large sheets phyllo pastry I used 12 x18 inch sheets
  • 3 large ripe pears unpeeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese 5 spice powder or cinnamon
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup toasted ground almonds
  • About 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Core and slice pears.
  3. Mix together the sugar, spices and corn starch and toss well with the sliced pears.
  4. On a clean counter top lay down the first sheet of phyllo pastry and brush it with melted butter. Add the second layer of phyllo.
  5. For the next 4 layers of phyllo pastry, brush each later with butter, sprinkle on 1/4 cup ground almonds and drizzle with a honey. A squeeze bottle is best for drizzling the honey.
  6. After those 4 layers finish with the remaining two sheets of phyllo pastry but these should only be brushed with butter.
  7. Pile the prepared pears in a straight line on the shorter side of the pastry a couple of inches from the sides.
  8. Fold the pastry a couple of inches over the ends of the line of pears to help seal the ends of the roll.
  9. Roll the pastry up as tightly as possible.
  10. Transfer the roll to a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure that the seam side of the pastry is on the bottom.
  11. Brush the pastry with melted butter and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Let the roll rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving warm.
  13. Delicious served with ice cream or warm custard too.