Baklava

Julie Hurley Recipe

By Julie Hurley Bakingmom74

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!


Recipe Rating:
 17 Ratings
Serves:
Depends on cut
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Bake

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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!!

Ingredients

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


Directions Step-By-Step

1
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.
2
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
  • Comments

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    Robin DuPree robdupree - Aug 19, 2010
    Julie, Thanks for the post!
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    Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - May 19, 2011
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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    Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - May 19, 2011
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    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!!!!
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    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!