Julie Hurley Recipe

By Julie Hurley Bakingmom74

Depends on cut
35 Min
50 Min

As a former pastry chef and owner of a Middle Eastern restaurant I've made more baklava than I can even begin to count!
It's not a difficult dessert to make but does take some time and patience.

As a variation you can mix a cup of chocolate chips into the nut mixture that goes between the layers of phyllo.
Then, after the syrup is poured over and allowed to cool, melted semi sweet chocolate can be drizzled all over the top in a decorative pattern.

Baklava makes a great gift at Christmas!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What a great baklava recipe! With just the right amount of butter and honey, this truly is an ideal indulgent delight. Enjoy!!


package of phylo dough
1 lb
chopped walnuts or pistachios
2 tsp
1 c
butter melted
1 c
1 c
1/2 c
1 tsp
fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp
rose or orange blossom water (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
Mix chopped nuts with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place one sheet of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep. Don't forget to butter the top layer!
Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add honey and lemon juice. Simmer for about 20 minutes. If using add rose water or orange blossom water now.
Remove baklava from oven and pour syrup over as evenly as possible. Let cool.
In Middle Eastern bakeries they will serve each individual piece of baklava in a cupcake liner.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Middle Eastern

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Robin DuPree robdupree
Aug 19, 2010
Julie, Thanks for the post!
Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
May 19, 2011
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

What a great baklava recipe! With just the right amount of butter and honey, this truly is an ideal indulgent delight. Enjoy!!
May 19, 2011 - Kitchen Crew shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Julie Hurley Bakingmom74
May 25, 2011
Wow! I had no idea I'd won! We've been in the process of moving and to my surprise a blue ribbon was delivered to my new home. Thanks so much!!!!
Andrea Crenshaw MrsJackal
Jun 30, 2011
Absolutely LOVE this recipe! Made it for the first time for Greek friends a few days ago, well, making more now! This is a great recipe. We mixed it up a little and finely chopped milk chocolate chips with cinnamon and added to the mix. Thanks for the amazing recipe!
Jul 21, 2011 - Kim Biegacki shared this recipe with discussion group: The Power of Orange
Kime Pierce Kimepie
Aug 31, 2011
This baklava is the best I've ever had! I made this to share at a "Mama Mia" movie party. Everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!
Julie Hurley Bakingmom74
Aug 31, 2011
I'm so glad you've all enjoyed this recipe so much! I just made a "batch" myself - so good!! This recipe yields enough to share which is a good thing since a little baklava goes a LONG way!
sharon stoffers sugerbakers
Sep 20, 2011
I am anxious to try this!! It sounds wonderful. Baklava is my favorite!...:o)
Mark Bury Hiddenfire79
Oct 19, 2011
I was about to post this recipe when I thought to myself, "As easy as this is to make surely someone else has done it!" And here I found this exactly as I do it. Baklava is to me, the food of ancient gods, and just the thought of it makes me do a Homer Simpson "Mmmmmm Baklava arrrrgghghg!" This is something I make for any guest coming, to share at a potluck, and group meetings.

I have also been able a couple times, when my need for baklava turns addictive, to reduce it all down to a little dish pan so there is only a small amount because I WILL eat the whole thing if left here at my home for to long. WELL DONE ON THE BLUE RIBBON!
Janice Paynedyer payjani
Nov 22, 2011
Hands down bar none this is MY FAVORITE DESSERT ON THE PLANET!
Janice Paynedyer payjani
Nov 22, 2011
I agree Mark, If i make a big batch I am going to eat it ALL!!!!!!!
Karen Laws Kluvs2cook
Jan 4, 2012
Julie, I made this yesterday, and I must say it is BY FAR the BEST Baklava I've ever had! It is divine..I've shared it with friends, coworkers and neighbors and got rave reviews! Congrats on the blue ribbon and thank you so much for sharing it :)
Karen Laws Kluvs2cook
Jan 4, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
BL B barrb
Jun 7, 2012
Can rose or orange blossom water be found in the grocery? Also, would pecans be good to use?