My family's favorite Baklava

Carol Perricone

By
@coolbaker1

My sister Eileen found this recipe at least 20 years ago, and it became a family favorite instantly.
I made it for Easter Sunday, and the family was in heaven.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


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Serves:

12

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

50 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 pkg
phyllo dough
1 stick
butter, unsalted, melted(can use more if necessary)
2-3 c
chopped walnuts (i used 3 cups)
1 c
sugar
2 tsp
cinnamon
1 tsp
cardamom (optional, but it's my secret ingredient)

SYRUP

1/2 c
sugar
1/2 c
honey
1/2 c
water

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Melt unsalted butter. Mix walnuts. sugar, cinnamon and cardamom. Using a pastry brush, brush the bottom of a 9x13 pyrex baking pan with melted butter.
2
Place syrup igredients into a small pot, bring to a boil, and then turn down to a low flame. Let simmer for approx. 15-20 minutes. Turn flame off.
3
While syrup is cooking, assemble Baklava. Open phyllo dough and place 2 sheets at a time into buttered pan. Butter every 2 sheets with melted butter. Keep unused dough under a damp cloth to keep from drying out. After 8 sheets, sprinkle 1/2 of the walnut mixture on the top sheet. Continue for another 4 sheets, buttering every 2 sheets. Sprinkle the second 1/2 of walnut mixture. Cover with 6-8 more sheets, buttering every 2 sheets.
4
Score baklava at a diagonal to create long rows across the 9" side of the pan. Cut mixture along 13" side of pan, top to bottom. I usually cut into 4 sections, this creates diamond shaped pieces.
5
Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes, until baklava is golden. Remove and re-score pieces. Using a large spoon, drizzle a little syrup on top of each piece of baklava. Be sure to use all of the syrup. Let cool. Cover with aluminum foil to transport or place on a plate to serve. Pieces will be sticky and sweet.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Greek
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom