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Samousades (Rolled Baklavas from Laconia)

Samousades (Rolled Baklavas from Laconia)

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Samousades (singular samousas), is the Spartan version of baklavas and is made in a similar way we make Tsipopita”or Daktyla, in Cyprus.

The only difference is that they are rolled into a thicker roll and whereas Tsipopita and Daktyla are always made with almonds, in samousades you add sesame seeds and other nuts, such as walnuts, pistachio etc, and more spices.

Samousades, which date back to the Byzantine period, are traditionally made with hand made phyllo and are fried.

The following day they bathed in a honey syrup and set aside until they absorb the syrup.

Its name is derived from the word sesamum, se-samum, anagrammatized to samu(m)-se, samusas, because of the sesame used in the filling and on top of the dessert.

I did not have time to make homemade phyllo from scratch but as I had some store bought phyllo at home, I decided to recreate samousades with it, same way as I make baklavas.

When making samousades with the store bought phyllo it is better to bake them.

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Samousades

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Samousades is the Spartan version of baklavas and is made in a similar way we make “Tsipopita” in Cyprus, the only difference is that they are rolled into a thicker roll and whereas Tsipopita is always made with almonds, in samousades you can also add walnuts, pistachio etc, and more spices.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams of phyllo (12 sheets)
  • 250 grams of butter
  • 2 cups of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of pecans
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon powdered cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top (optional)

For the Syrup

  • 250 grams of honey
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4-5 cloves
  • Orange peel
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Chop the walnuts, almonds and pecans, and add sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
  2. On low temperature, (or in the microwave) heat the butter until it melts an then clarify it.
  3. On your working surface spread the phyllo sheet and brush with butter. Continue the same procedure with 4 phyllos and then spread one third of the filling on the whole surface of the sheets and roll the smaller side into a cylinder.
  4. Repeat with the other phyllos and place in a buttered tin. Brush samousades with butter and wet your hands and sprinkle a few drops of water on top. With a sharp knife cut into about two inch pieces.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C until golden brown.
  6. Prepare the syrup. Put all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove froth and simmer for five minutes. Discard orange peel, cinnamon stick and cloves. Add lemon juice and turn off the heat.
  7. When it is still hot with a spoon add syrup on top.
Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 300Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 27mgSodium 102mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 2gSugar 22gProtein 3g

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Claire

Friday 6th of April 2012

Samousades is very delicious food my all family members like it! thanks for this recipie method

Arlene

Thursday 8th of January 2009

OMG, those look positively decadent. I adore baklava, so know I'd love these. Why can't foods like this not be low calorie!!!

Lulu Barbarian

Saturday 3rd of January 2009

This looks delicious! Desserts are not my specialty, but this looks so good I definitely have to try it!

PS Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Peter

Friday 2nd of January 2009

Ivy, Xponia Polla and hgeia. I've never heard of this dessert but your rendition has me wanting some NOW!

Mike

Friday 2nd of January 2009

I love baklava and this looks like the next logical place to take it. I just showed my wife and this definitely goes on the to-do list--it looks incredible!

I hope you and yours had a happy holiday and new year!

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