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Clamshell Shaped Baklava ( Midye Tatlisi )

For Pastry
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp yeast
Flour ( as needed )

For Syrup 
3 cups sugar
3 cups water

For Top
1 stick melted butter

1- Prepare the syrup in advance and allow it cool.

2-For the pastry ( phyllo dough ) mix oil, sugar, yeast, salt, and egg in a bowl. Mix well by hand and then add flour to make a dough that is well-mixed and non-sticky. I start by mixing the dough by hand, but then complete the kneading process using a bread machine. After kneading, allow dough to rest for 20 minutes.

3- Divide the dough into six equal portions. Using the cornstarch, spread out each portion to the size of a plate. Then place the six layers of phyllo dough on top of one another. So that they won't be too thin, roll them out together. Create a tightly formed roll and cut into 1 inch pieces.

4- Further spread out these small circles of dough using a rolling pin. ( You can also do this by hand, but if you use rolling pin the shape will form better. If you spread them out by hand, the layers will not be stuck together as well and during baking the space between them may open up changing their appearance )

5- Now place walnuts on the shaped dough and close the top. Arrange on a baking sheet and brush melted butter on the top. Cook in a 350 F preheated oven until browned. Once browned take out of oven and pour syrup over the top. After the syrup is absorbed served with ice cream on the side or with whipped cream on the top. This makes them even more delicious !


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