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What You Need:            (To Make: 80 pieces)
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  • 1 pound (4 cups) walnuts, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound phyllo pastry
  • 4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter, melted, for brushing phyllo

    SYRUP
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

    TOPPING
  • pound (1 cup) pistachio nuts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup apricot preserves

  • How To Cook:
    1. Preheat oven to 350.

    2. Combine walnuts, sugar, and cinnamon. Cut phyllo pastry sheets into 4 equal strips. Brush each strip with melted butter, working with one strip at a time and keeping remainder covered with plastic wrap (see How to work with "PHYLLO").

    3. Spread 1 heaping teaspoon of walnut mixture over each phyllo strip, leaving a 1-inch margin all around. Fold all edges in toward the middle.

    4. Press down firmly on one end of the strip with forefinger of one hand and with the other keep wrapping the strip around forefinger to form a "bird's nest." Tuck the last inch of pastry strip under the nest.

    5. Brush top of each roll with melted butter. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool nests slightly on sheet before dipping in syrup.

    PREPARE SYRUP:
    1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Keep over low heat.

    2. Dip nests gently in syrup, letting excess drain back into saucepan.

    3. Sprinkle with chopped pistachio nuts and decorate each center with a scant teaspoon of apricot preserves.


     
     
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