Baklava

On occasion my mum would make baklava at Christmas time. The smell of the phyllo pastry drenched in syrup sweetening a layer of crushed nuts was one that made up the holidays when I was growing up. Since it is a little bit on the expensive side to make my mum would use it as gifts for family and friends.  However I was always too little to actually learn the recipe so this past weekend my mum and I spent quality time in the kitchen making the most delicious batch of baklava. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.
Baklava
Ingredients
1 pound phyllo sheets
1 cup melted butter
2 cups finely chipped walnuts
1/ 2 cup sugar
1 /2 cup cinnamon
3/ 4 cup sugar
3/ 4 cup honey
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions
1. If phyllo is frozen thaw and separate according to package. Keep pastry that is not being used covered with a clean damp dishtowel (this prevents it from drying out). Place half of the pastry sheets in a greased 15x10 glass baking dish; one by one, brushing each sheet quickly all over with melted butter.
2. Combine nuts, 1 /2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over buttered pastry. Place remaining sheets on top.
3. Score the baklava in the shape you desire (triangle or diamond). Bake at 400 degrees until brown and crisp. 20-30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine remaining 3/ 4 cup sugar, honey, 1 cup water and lemon juice, bring to a boil. Boil syrup for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly until it becomes thick syrup. Cool for 15 minutes and pour over baklava.

9 comments :

  1. I wish you could send me some! I can smell it!

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  2. Yay! I am Greek so of course I love baklava!

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  3. YUM! I definitely need to try this.

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  4. This looks AMAZING. I grew up in a Greek town so baklava is an absolute favorite of mine. I've never made it before, but this post has inspired me to give it a try! xo

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  5. I want to try this!

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  6. This look AMAZING.
    My friend made Baklava and I tried it for the frist time last year and I fell in love. Need, need, need!!

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  7. I love baklava and I always have it for dessert whenever I'm in Greece:) Never tried to make it myself, though.

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  8. I love good baklava. I got spoiled when we lived in Virginia by neighbors who were Turkish. It is hard to find any good baklava since we moved back to the deep south

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