Wednesday, December 15, 2010


  • I had a get together a few days ago for some friends and from making all the appetizers I had leftover phyllo dough.  I could not let it go to waste, so I decided to make Baklava.  

  • This recipe is adapted from  As usual I made some changes...but only one or two this time.

Here is what you'll need:

  • 2 Cups Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 cups Chopped almonds
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough (defrosted according to the package)
  • 1 cup butter, melted (4 sticks)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
**The nut mixture will consist of the walnut, almonds and cinnamon.  Make sure you chop the nuts very fine.  You can use a Cuisinart, which will make the chopping process very easy.**

In a large bowl combine the chopped nuts and cinnamon.  Make sure you mix this well.

(oops... I forgot to take a picture of the nut mixture...but lets just use our imaginations...)

Unroll the phyllo dough and cut it in half.

Now melt 1 lb of butter (4 sticks). With a pastry brush, brush a 9 x 13 inch pan with the butter.  Make sure you butter the sides and corners as well.

Now place two sheets of the dough and using the pastry brush, brush on a generous amount of butter.  Now sprinkle 3 - 4 tbsp of the nut mixture.  Next add two more sheets of the phyllo and butter the phyllo again. Continue this process until you have 8 sheets of the dough left.

Take the final 8 sheets, lay it on top of the pan and load on the remaining butter.  

Now, cut with a very sharp knife.  You can cut it into triangles or squares.  Make sure your knife goes all the way to the bottom.  Place in a 350 degree preheated oven for 50 minutes.

Here it is when done baking

In the mean time bring 1 cup of water to a boil.  Add 1 cup of sugar to the boiling water and when the sugar has melted add the honey, vanilla and lemon juice.  Let simmer for at least 20 minutes.  This is going to be the syrup you pour over the cooked phyllo dough.

Once the phyllo is done baking pour the syrup over the hot baked phyllo.  Allow the Baklava to sit at least 4 hours but I let it sit overnight.

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