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Easy Baklava Recipe

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There’s nothing quite like a delicious piece of baklava. This wonderful Easy Baklava Recipe will show you how to make this special dessert in your own home.

Easy Baklava Recipe

Baklava is so rich and sweet and crisp and densely packed with wonderful walnuts and cinnamon. In a word? Heavenly! Making this Classic Baklava Recipe is really enjoyable. Turn on some music, grab your pastry brush, and start building the layers of this very special and well-loved dessert.

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Ingredients to Make Baklava

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Classic Baklava Recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):

  • Phyllo dough – find this in the freezer section of your grocery store with other frozen desserts and pastries.
  • Honey
  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice – for this recipe, it’s best to juice fresh lemons for the right lemon flavor.
  • Walnuts
  • Unsalted butter

ingredients to make Classic Baklava Recipe

How to Make Baklava

Open the phyllo pastry dough package and cover with a damp towel to prevent drying out. If needed, trim the dough to fit your glass baking dish. Grease a 13 x 9-inch or larger glass baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and set aside.

brushing butter into a glass baking dish

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, honey, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and simmer without stirring for 4 minutes; set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 325ºF degrees. Combine the finely chopped walnuts and cinnamon in a medium bowl; set aside.

Lay 1 sheet of the phyllo dough into the bottom of the buttered dish. Brush with melted butter, then repeat with 9 more sheets of phyllo.

one sheet of buttered phyllo dough in a glass baking dish

brushing melted butter onto phyllo dough

Spread ¾ cup of the walnut mixture evenly over the phyllo layer.

spreading chopped walnuts over phyllo dough

Lay another 5 sheets of phyllo dough over top of the walnut mixture, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle on another ¾ cup of the walnut mixture. Repeat until walnut mixture is used up, then top with 10 last sheets of phyllo dough, brushing butter on each as you add them.

layered baklava in a pan

Brush the top layer with butter, then slice the pastry into 1 1/2-inch strips and then slice diagonally.

cutting baklava

baklava ready to be baked

Bake uncovered for 1 hour 25 minutes until pastry is golden brown.

freshly baked baklava in a pan

Immediately after removing from the oven, pour the cooled syrup over the pastry.

pouring honey syrup over freshly baked baklava

Let cool completely before serving. For best results, let the baklava sit covered overnight to soak up the syrup.

How to Store Baklava

Keep the baklava covered with plastic wrap and at room temperature for up to five days.

triangles of Classic Baklava Recipe on a white plate

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Baklava

Baklava Recipe

Published By Jill
There's nothing quite like a delicious piece of baklava. This wonderful Classic Baklava Recipe will show you how to make this special dessert in your own home.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 25 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pure honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 16 ounce package phyllo dough thawed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter melted
  • 4 cups walnuts finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Open the phyllo pastry dough package and cover with a damp towel to prevent drying out. If needed, trim the dough to fit your glass baking dish.
  • Grease a 13 x 9-inch or larger glass baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water, honey, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often until the sugar is dissolved. Reduce the heat to low and simmer without stirring for 4 minutes; set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  • Combine the finely chopped walnuts and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • Lay 1 sheet of the phyllo dough into the bottom of the buttered dish. Brush with melted butter, then repeat with 9 more sheets of phyllo. Spread ¾ cup of the walnut mixture evenly over the phyllo layer.
  • Lay another 5 sheets of phyllo dough over top of the walnut mixture, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle on another ¾ cup of the walnut mixture.
  • Repeat until walnut mixture is used up, then top with 10 last sheets of phyllo dough, brushing butter on each as you add them.
  • Brush the top layer with butter, then slice the pastry into 1 1/2 inch strips and then slice diagonally in both directions to create diamonds.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour 25 minutes until pastry is golden brown.
  • Immediately after removing from the oven, pour the cooled syrup over the pastry.
  • Let cool completely before serving. For best results, let the baklava sit covered overnight to soak up the syrup.
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