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Easy to Make Baklava

easy to make baklava

The other night, my hubby surprised us all with a dessert that the country kids had never had before. He whipped up some yummy baklava! It was so yummy, the youngest country kid snitch a second piece when no one was looking. So how do you make this yummy creation? Well according to my hubby it’s easy! Just a lot of buttering up layers…. lots and lots of layers.

Ingredients

1 16 oz pack phyllo dough
1 lb chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup honey
Half of a fresh squeezed lemon
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup unsalted butter, melted (more if needed)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Tip!!!

Phyllo dough is sold in frozen packages, so you need to remove the package from the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge 24 hours before you want to make the baklava. For best results, remove the phyllo dough package from the fridge about an hour before you plan to start so it will be easier to handle.

Prep Work

Start by preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Toss the chopped walnuts and cinnamon together in a bowl so the walnuts become evenly coated with the cinnamon. Next grab a 9×13 pan to “construct” the Baklava in. You will want to butter the bottom and sides of the pan.

Tip!!!

Unroll the sheets of phyllo dough, so the stake of dough lays flat. Compare the dough sheet size to the size of your pan and trim the stack of sheets to pan size so they will fit properly. This will make the process go a lot faster. Also Phyllo dough dries out fast. Cover your dough with a damp paper towel. Only remove a few sheets at a time to work with.

Directions

Begin by putting down one layer of dough and brush it with some melted butter. Easy, right? Now just repeat this 9 more times. I told you there were lots of layers! Once you have 10 layer of buttered dough, spread 1/3 of the walnuts on top.

On top of the nuts make three more layers of dough, buttering each layer as you go. Grab another 1/3 of your cinnamon walnuts and sprinkle them on top. Next add three more layers of dough (don’t forget the butter) and top with the rest of the walnuts. Finish up by making 10 more layers of dough, buttering each layer as you go.

Yes, there are a lot of of layers (26) and a whole lot of buttering going on, but it is just straight forward repetition. This would be a fun project to include a child in, allowing them to brush on the melted butter as you place each layer. Now BEFORE you bake your baklava at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes (until the top is nice and brown), slice the pan of dough into small squares. You can also cut them in a crisscross pattern to create diamond shapes.

baklava

Don’t these look good!?!?

While the baklava is baking it is time to  take the water, sugar, honey, vanilla, squeeze lemon juice and nutmeg and bring to a boil in a saucepan. You will let it boil till the sugar sugar dissolves completely. Make sure to stir so that the sugar doesn’t burn. Once the sugar melts you will remove the saucepan from the heat letting it cool.

When the baklava is done baking, pour the syrup you made over the top of the baklava. Allow the baklava to to cool for at least 3 hours, this will give it time to absorb all that yummy syrup. Now if you are like us….. you just eat the baklava. But if you want to serve these for a special occasion, give them as a gift. or just add a touch of “finery,” you could put each piece in a cupcake wrapper as part of their presentation.


 

64 thoughts on “Easy to Make Baklava

  1. This looks so good! I love baklava. We use to have it for dessert at a Greek restaurant in Tarpon Springs, FL when we would visit my grandparents. I always have great memories coming flooding back when I eat it! Can't wait to give it try. Thanks!

  2. I LOVE baklava! Your pictures look fantastic!! I've never tried making it myself, but it doesn't sound too difficult! Thanks for linking up with us at Your Turn To Shine, Mindie!! I hope you'll join us again on Thursday! -Amy

  3. How wonderful that your hubby made you this delicious treat. We used to eat bakalva when we were young. We had a neighbor who was from Greece and she was always willing to share. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch fro your feature on Monday xo

  4. looks really yummy! I love baklava but I don't love making it! My best friend made it for my guests at my wedding and everyone loved it! It is also considered a "wedding treat" here in Greece. First time here, stopping by from My crafty spot Sunday link up!

    1. So glad you popped by. I hope you enjoy looking around. Baklava is a little time consuming but not that hard. Where we live it is not readily available, so it is make your own or miss out.

  5. Just found this on the Homestead Blog Hop and cannot wait to try it. I love baklava and homemade is the best. I was wondering about making the dough from scratch, do you know of a good recipe? Thanks for sharing!

    1. If you want to try to make the dough from scratch, more power to ya! I’ll keep this recipe easy for our family and just buy it. LOL Some times a little give is okay and I give when it comes to making the dough.

  6. Baklava is one of my favourite treats! Well done to your hubby! Sharing later today on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Mindie! Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

  7. I love a good Baklava and yours looks delicious!!
    I have chosen your post from Friday Features Linky Party 2/16 to feature on this week’s party. It is also going to get a boost on my Instagram account, so watch for it. And it is pinned on my Friday Features Pinterest Board!!!
    I appreciate that you stop by to share your awesome blog with us each week!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend!!
    Beest
    Karren

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