Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Food: Baklava

Baklava. Mmmmm! This is a fave in our house. *Edited (It's a Turkish pastry, not Greek - thanks Gizem Mizem!:)) It's a Turkish pastry made with super thin "leaves" of dough (phyllo dough), sugar and cinnamon, chopped walnuts, and topped off with a honey syrup. My sis has this amazing recipe for it. Super easy to make, and with only a few ingredients - these are great to make for a get-together. Each recipe yields over two dozen bars (you can make them as small or as big as you like).
3 cups walnuts, finely chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 lb. frozen phyllo dough, thawed
3 sticks butter, melted, or butter flavor non-stick cooking spray

1-1/2 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 2-inch strip lemon rind
3/4 cup honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine nuts, sugar and cinnamon. Keeping unused sheets covered with plastic wrap (they can dry out super quick and become crumbly), place 7 sheets of phyllo, one at a time in the bottom of an 8"x14" pan, brushing each sheet with melted butter (or spraying with non-stick cooking spray). Sprinkle top sheet with 1-1/2 cups of the nut mixture. Layer remaining phyllo leaves over nuts, brushing (or spraying) each leaf with butter. Cut pastry half deep into small diamond-shaped pieces with a sharp knife. Bake until golden brown, about 30-45 minutes.

While baklava is baking, prepare syrup. Combine water and all syrup ingredients except honey in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add honey and simmer 5 minutes more. Remove lemon peel and cool. Remove baklava from oven and pour cool syrup over hot pastry. Cool. Cut along scored lines and serve.

*Notes: I used half butter and half cooking spray to prepare mine. You still get the yummy goodness of butter, but not 3 sticks worth. I also only use about half of the syrup at the end, so I usually cut the syrup recipe in half.


  1. Ooh! I've always thought this would be one of those recipes that was really difficult, because it looks so beautiful - but reading through it, it definitely looks like something I could tackle. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. nice! Congrats, it looks so delicious but just for your information: Baklava is a Turkish pastry.

  3. I have seen this lots of times in my travels but have never tried it...looks easy enough for me to attempt

  4. Try it wit pistachios too.
    It's Turkish but Greeks and us share a vast background.