Bacon Baklava

Cheryl Miller


The current trend of bacon bacon bacon got me thinking. Everyone knows the salty, smoky, rich flavor of bacon goes great with the addition of a heavy sweetness like brown sugar or molasses. I was more curious than anything else in developing this sweet and bacony baklava!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Baklava for breakfast?! Yummm.  I really liked the sweet & savory flavor combination in this recipe. Such a treat!


16 oz
frozen phyllo dough
1 1/2 c
unsalted butter, melted
2 c
finely chopped walnuts
2 c
finely chopped pecans
2 c
finely chopped crisp cooked bacon
3/4 c
brown sugar, firmly packed


2 c
white sugar
1 c
2 Tbsp
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 stick
cinnamon (4-inch)


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1Thaw the phyllo at room temperature for 2 hours. Cut in half crosswise to get sheets approximately 9x13 to fit the baking pan. Keep the phyllo covered at all times with waxed paper and a damp tea towel to keep it from drying out.

2Lightly butter the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan. Place one sheet of the phyllo in pan and brush carefully with melted butter. Add 7 more sheets, brushing each with butter.

3In a bowl, combine the walnuts, pecans, bacon and the 3/4 cup sugar. Mix well. Sprinkle 1 cup evenly over the pastry in the pan. Drizzle with some melted butter.

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4Top with 4 sheets of phyllo, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle another cup of nut-bacon mixture, drizzle butter.

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5Repeat the 4-sheet / nut mixture / drizzle routine 4 more times. Place the remaining 8 sheets of pastry on top, brushing each with melted butter.

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6With a sharp knife, cut diagonally, cutting to but not through the bottom layer. Continue cutting at about 1-inch spacing until you have approximately 48 diamond-shaped pieces.

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7Bake 1 hour at 325º. Remove from oven; finish cutting diamonds; cool thoroughly.

8When pastry is cooled, prepare the syrup in a saucepan, combining the 2 cups sugar, the water, honey, lemon juice and cinnamon sticks. Boil gently for 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon, stir well.

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9Pour warm syrup evenly over cooled pastry. Cool completely. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Southern
Hashtags: #honey, #sweets, #pastry, #greek