Bird's Nest Pastries (Kadaif)
To make & bake birds' nests: Bring milk, butter, cinnamon stick and lemon zest to a simmer in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.Advertisement
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
Dip cereal pieces, one at a time, into the warm milk, soaking just until softened. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet with a slotted spoon. Use your fingers to shape each piece into a round nest, 3 inches in diameter. Place 1 inch apart. Drizzle remaining milk over the nests.
Place 3 tablespoons sugar, walnuts, pistachios and cinnamon in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Divide mixture among hollows of nests. Bake until golden brown and crisp, 20 to 30 minutes.
To make syrup: Combine 1/3 cup sugar, water, honey and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and drizzle hot syrup over warm birds' nests. Serve warm or at room temperature shortly after baking.
2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat