My family's favorite Baklava

4
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.

Rating:

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Comments:
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

How to Make My family's favorite Baklava

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.

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About My family's favorite Baklava

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




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