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Filling
12 oz. walnuts or almonds, coarsely chopped
2 oz sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 T brandy
1 tsp ground cinnamon if walnuts are used,
or 1 T grated lemon peel for almond filling

Pastry
1 lb thread-like Kadaifi pastry
6 oz unsalted butter, melted
1 T ground cinnamon, for the top (optional)

Syrup
1 lb caster sugar
3/4 pint water
1 T lemon juice
1-2 pieces of lemon rind

Mix all the filling ingredients well, in a bowl. Brush a large
baking dish with butter. Pull a small handful of pastry lightly
and spread it flat on a wooden board. Place a large tablespoon of
filling in one end of the pastry and roll the pastry tightly over
it, making sure the filling is securely enclosed. The result should
resemble a cylindrical fat parcel, about 4 ins long. Place these
parcels in rows in the baking dish with space in between so the
sides can brown. Melt butter and pour 1-2 T over each piece of
kadaifi.

Bake in a preheated oven, 350 degree, for 30 minutes, increase
temperature to 425 degrees and cook an additional 10 minutes. The
pastries should have a crisp and pale golden appearance. Let them
cool, while making the syrup.

Dissolve the sugar in water, add the lemon juice and rind, and boil
gently for 8-10 minutes, until the syrup thickens slightly. Pour
the hot syrup slowly over the cool kadaifi and let stand in the
dish until the syrup is completely absorbed. Sprinkle a little
cinnamon on each piece.

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