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The Festival of Sacrifice, 'Eid ul-Adha, immediately follows the Islamic
month of Dhul-Hijjah, the month of pilgrimage. This festival is celebrated
throughout the Muslim world as a commemoration of Prophet Abraham's
willingness to sacrifice everything for God, including the life of his son
Because God spared Ishmael, substituting a sheep in his stead, Muslims
commemorate this occasion by slaughtering an animal and distributing its
meat among family, friends and the needy as a special act of charity for the
occasion. Because of this, many poor Muslims are able to enjoy the unusual
luxury of eating meat during the four days of the festival.
In keeping with the tradition of 'Eid, Muslims will dress up in new or
special clothes, visit friends and relatives, hold 'Eid gatherings or
parties, and give gifts to their children.
Sweet desserts are offered during the customary visiting. Baklava, a nut
and honey filo pastry, and Khadaife, made from a confection that looks like
shredded wheat and walnuts, are typical of the sweet pastries served.
The following recipe comes from the Balkans. Variations include
substituting sugar for the honey in the syrup in Yugoslavia and Greece,
flavoring the syrup with cardamom, rose geranium, or rose essence in the
Middle East and Afghanistan, substituting pistachios for half the walnuts in
Lebanon and Afghanistan, or using hazelnuts instead of walnuts in Turkey.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups honey
2 cups water
1 T lemon juice
1 pound walnuts, half of them chopped, the rest ground
1/2 cup sugar
1 t cinnamon
1 pound sweet butter, melted
2 pounds filo dough (found in most grocery stores)
Bring the syrup ingredients to a boil; simmer for 10 minutes, then let cool.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the chopped and ground walnuts with
the sugar and the cinnamon. Brush a 12 by 17 inch baking tray with melted
butter. Place si sheets of filo on it, brushing each with melted butter.
Scatter a third of the walnut mixture on top.
Then repeat the process two more times. Cover with six sheets of filo,
brushing between each with butter.
With a sharp point knife, score the top laayer of pastry into a diamond
Bake for 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cook to
Pour the syrup over the top. Never pour syrup over host baklave; it makes
Best eaten a day later, when the syrup has ad time to infuse.