Baklava. Those sweet sticky squares of nuts and cinnamon layered between sheets of flakey phyllo.  Everyone has had it at one time or another. The dish may seen complex but is actually one of the easier treats you can make.

You can find the phyllo dough in the freezer section of most grocery stores.

I used pecans and almonds for my recipe. I chop them in the food processor to make quick work out of it. Definitely not the traditional nuts that are usually used in baklava but they are the 2 nuts I always have on hand.

Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Greek
  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
  • 1 pound chopped nuts(4 cups)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1½ cups of water
  • 1½ cup of whiter sugar
  • 1½ tsps of vanilla
  • ¾ cup of honey
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F(175 degrees C).
  2. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch pan with non stick spray.
  3. Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unroll phyllo dough.
  6. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan.
  7. One package will make one 9 x 13 pan of Baklava.
  8. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work.
  9. Place two sheets of phyllo dough in the pan, butter thoroughly. (I melt the butter and gently brush it on with a pastry brush.)
  10. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered.
  11. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top.
  12. Top with two sheets of phyllo dough, butter the dough, add 2 -3 tablespoons more of the nuts and repeat, layering as you go.
  13. (There will be about 12 thin layers of nuts.)
  14. The top layer will be like the bottom layer and should be about 8 sheets deep, no nuts within the top 8 layers.
  15. We do this to create a somewhat solid layer to hold the Baklava together once cut.
  16. Using a sharp knife cut into square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan.
  17. Bake for about 50 minutes until the Baklava is golden and crisp.
  18. Make the sauce while the baklava is baking.
  19. Boil the sugar and water just until the sugar is melted.
  20. Add the vanilla and honey.
  21. Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  22. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it.
  23. And yes, use all the sauce, it looks like a lot but the layers of pastry will absorb every last drop of it! Allow to cool.


Making Baklava in the Nutmeg Disrupted kitchen.

Making Baklava in the Nutmeg Disrupted kitchen

Usually as an addition to my cookie trays I like to serve the baklava in cupcake liners, not only does it keep the tray clean it make for easy serving.



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7 Replies on “Baklava

  1. Yummm…I’m so glad you posted this baklava recipe. I’ve been craving it ever since I saw your instagram photo. I love that it’s not as hard as I always imagined it would be. Hopefully mine will turn out as beautiful as yours!

  2. The only thing you have to be aware of is not allowing the phyllo to dry out.
    It is very easy to work with and tears in the pastry are easy to hide.
    It is worth giving it a go at home.

  3. Thanks Kristy. It is definite favorite here as well! I love that one recipe make a lot and it always seems to impress! Not a common dessert found up here so people love it when I make a tray.

  4. Sam! Wonderful seeing you here!

    I am glad I was able to bring back a few memories of days gone by.
    Next time you have someone sitting the kids you and Elene must sneak away for a coffee and some baklava!

    Thank you so much for stopping by! Love it when friends stop by for a read.

    Have a fantastic weekend!

  5. BK (Before Kids), Elene (who is half Greek) and I used to enjoy baklava at a local Greek pizza place. Now that two of our three kids have nut allergies, that is a thing of the past. However, your post brings back great memories.

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