Category: Dessert | Prep Time: 20 mins | Cook Time: 1 hr
Baklava is a sweet pastry made with several layers of filo pastry filled with chopped walnuts, honey and sweetened rosewater. Beloved by many countries, baklava is typically associated with Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Syria. It is a delicious treat that is well worth the time and effort it takes to make it!
Did you know? Baklava is the ancestor of strudel!
- 1 lb. chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 package of filo dough
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Baking dish
- Small dish
- Damp cloth
- Small saucepan
1. Butter a baking dish and preheat the oven to 350 F.
2. Toss together the cinnamon and chopped walnuts. Unroll your package of filo dough, making sure to cover it with a damp cloth so it doesn’t dry out as you work with it.
3. Place 2 sheets on the bottom of the baking dish as a base, and then brush generously with melted butter. Sprinkle with 2-3 tbsp. of cinnamon and walnut mixture. Place another 2 sheets of filo dough on top of the nuts, buttering liberally. Repeat this process until the nuts and filo dough have been used.
4. Cut the baklava into squares (Hint: it’s much easier to do this before baking) and put it into the oven for 50 minutes.
5. While the baklava is baking, combine the white sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the syrup to a boil and add the honey and vanilla. Allow the syrup to come back down to a simmer. Let sit for 20 minutes.
6. Remove the baklava from the oven and immediately pour the syrup over it. Allow to cool completely before serving.
7. Enjoy with family and friends!
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