#96: Bosnia

Well, we still have major snow storms in late April!

Hopefully all you foodie readers in the mountain states weren’t snowed in this weekend from the winter storm. I feel like even as a native, I never quite get used to shoveling snow in late April. Particularly because the weather this past week was absolutely gorgeous and in the 80s. It was nice to get some down time in this weekend though and spend the time with people indoors. I feel like it’s the last big one of the season, so I think we can handle it.

THE DINNER: Every time I think of Bosnia, I immediately conjure up visions of Sarajevo and snow. So perhaps it was serendipitous that it was just that kind of weather this weekend as we tackled making some baklava in Brovskland! Now typically, as you know, we make a meal, but dessert sounded too good to pass up this time.

Traditionally, in the eastern European and Balkan nations, baklava is a common dessert served in the winter. It’s not served hot though, but room temp, so it’s not like you couldn’t make it in the summer. It’s thrown in the oven and roasted low and slow– it smells like heaven. Best way to describe this one is like filo dough, nut lasagna. And as expected with savory lasagna, the whole degree of difficulty comes in the assembly (this one was no different).

Bosnian Baklava Recipe: http://foodfolksandfun.net/2011/10/baklava/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: FIVE STARS out of five this meal!
Yikes. This one was HARD. Not sure we’ve actually had a five star for difficulty yet… but this one was no joke. The assembly too about two hours from start to finish you’re looking at like four hours (then it has to sit for 8 hours at room temp to finish). The ingredients were not a hug deal though. Lots of butter. Lots of patience.

Best dish of all time scale: FIVE STARS out of five for Meal!!
It was all worth all the work! Holy flaky crust, batman! It was so good! I’m not sure if there’s a way to describe it. It’s crispy and flaky and then there’s these layers of nuts that remind me of almond roca. It’s not filling, but really satisfies the sweet tooth. Really good with coffee on a cold Denver afternoon. Everyone (even my dad, the typical hold out) gave this one full marks. So, please don’t be scared by the work 😉

#97  takes us to Central African Republic!! It’s going to be a lovely warm up here in the Mile High City, so AW195S should be bright and sunny just like this African Nation!

 Salud!
– L & K

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