Baklava is a sweet pastry made with several layers of filo pastry filled with chopped walnuts, honey, and sweetened rosewater. Beloved by many different countries, including Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Syria, baklava is a delicious treat that is well worth the time and effort it takes to make it!
- 1 lb chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 package of filo dough
- 1 cup butter [2 sticks], melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Butter a baking dish [preferably a dark, non-stick one] and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 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.
Place two sheets on the bottom of the baking dish as a base, and then brush generously with melted butter. Sprinkle with two to three tablespoons of the cinnamon and walnut mixture and then place another two sheets of filo dough on top of the nuts, buttering liberally. Repeat this process until the nuts and filo dough have been used. Cut the baklava into squares [it is much easier to do this before baking] and put it into the oven for 50 minutes.
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 then add the honey and vanilla. Allow the syrup to come back down to a simmer and let sit for twenty minutes.
Remove the baklava from the oven and immediately pour the syrup over it. Allow it to cool completely before serving.