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Nicole's Bacon Baklava

Nicole showed up with this delicious baklava at the company holiday party. I couldn't stop eating it! - El Jefe

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bacon baklava!

1 1/2 pounds of bacon
1 cup toasted chopped nuts**
3/4 cup chopped dates
10 tablespoons butter, melted
20 sheets of phyllo dough
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons whiskey
2 teaspoons grated orange peel

In large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Crumble bacon, nuts and dates in food processor until finely chopped.

Brush a 13-inx9-in pan with some butter. Unroll phyllo dough. Layer 5 sheets of phyllo dough in prepared pan, brushing each sheet with butter. Sprinkle with a third of the yummy bacon mixture. Repeat with 5 more sheets of dough and butter, and spread another third of the bacony goodness. Then do 5 more sheets and the rest of the sweet bacony splendor. Finish with the remaining 5 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with butter.

Using a sharp knife carefully cut into diamond shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely.

** There is some controversy as to whether they were almonds or pecans, but I expect either would be great! Toast the nuts in the 350 degree over for 10 minutes, more or less, until they start to smell really good. Allow to cool a few minutes before chopping.