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When I visited Greece several years ago, I kept seeing these strange
pastries that looked, for all the world, like shredded wheat. I finally
got up the nerve to try them. They were wonderful!

2 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp orange zest, grated
1 tbsp brandy (optional)
1 lb pkg. kataifi shredded dough
1 cup clarified butter, melted

syrup
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp lemon juice

TO PREPARE FILLING: In a bowl, mix walnuts, cinnamon, orange zest and
brandy.

TO ASSEMBLE: Allow pastry to defrost in refrigerator overnight. Remove a
small amount of kataifi pastry from the package. Loosen the strands and
pat flat to make 3"x5" rectangles. Place 1 tbsp of the filling at the
bottom end of the flattened pastry. Roll up the pastry to enclose the
filling and tuck loose strands into place. Repeat the process until all
the rolls have been formed. Place in a buttered, shallow baking pan
spaced about =" apart. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of melted butter. Bake in the
centre of a 3500 F oven for 20 minutes or until golden.

TO PREPARE SYRUP: Combine syrup ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a
boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and cook at a slow boil for
15 minutes. Remove from heat and spoon hot syrup over hot rolls allowing
time for absorption. Repeat. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel and
allow to rest for 2 hours. Serve at room temperature.

NOTE: Kataifi shredded dough is available from Greek groceries, delis and
many supermarkets. While working, keep unused dough covered with a
slightly damp cloth.

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