Delightful Baklava

img_4959Baklava is a work-intensive food, and though most people don’t want you to go to any trouble just to serve them dessert, I kinda like making a difficult dessert for a gathering – this weekend was no exception, and the dessert ended up divine!

I used this recipe as my base, but mostly just did what I wanted; Baklava is not so much mixed together as it is constructed like a house.

The materials for construction were: 1 pound or so of pistachios mixed with a half cup of brown sugar and ground down almost to a powder in my food processor. A pack of fillo dough, thawed and unrolled right before construction (it dries out very quickly and just flakes away into nothing!). A cup of melted butter, and a syrup made of vanilla, honey, water, and more sugar.

Construction proceeds thusly: butter the pan and then fillo dough in the bottom of the baking dish (9×13 worked well for me), more butter, more fillo, more butter, more fillo, a layer of nuts with a smattering of butter, fillo/butter/fillo/butter/fillo/nuts/butter/fillo… until you are out of fillo or the pan is full. If you are still left with a lot of butter, that’s okay. You need to cut the dish before you cook, if at all possible, because it will be much harder to cut after baking – once cut, you can pour the remaining butter on each cut area and it’ll soak in perfectly.

My recipe had me bake for 50 minutes at 350, and it turned out beautiful, as you can see. That gives you plenty of time to melt the ingredients of the syrup together. When the baklava comes out, the syrup is poured all over it while it’s still hot, creating a fun bubbling sound and the best wafting smell of vanilla ever… it soaks into the dessert and doesn’t end up soupy, just sticky and sweet.

It’s nice to be able to try this in a lot of variations – less sweet, more honey, try rosewater as a flavoring, try different nuts – but this classic was a hit with my guests. One woman ate 4 pieces! This is a wonderful compliment for a chef, even if we all know that the butter was the MVP. ๐Ÿ™‚

17 comments on “Delightful Baklava

  1. Shahz says:

    Wow!! A family favourite ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  2. belmaballer says:

    This is a great recipe. I’m Bosnian, and Baklava is one of the favorite deserts there! We mostly use walnuts as the preferred nut. A good trip when baking it, is to put foil over it when it’s closed to being done. This allows the baklava to bake but not burn the top layer. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  3. Wow, I have loved ordering this delight, but never thought about making it. Maybe I should give it a try.


  4. Vic Crain says:

    Reblogged this on CRAIN'S COMMENTS and commented:
    This is one of my favorite foods!

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    My grandchildrens other grandparents are Greek, so this is a holiday staple. Good experimenting on your part.

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  6. foodinbooks says:

    This looks wonderful! I’m actually going to be trying baklava myself for an upcoming blog post and it’s nice to have this recipe to refer back to. Thanks again. This one brought a smile to my face.

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  7. A regular Bulgarian treat for us! Will give your recipe a try too!

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  8. […] This baklava turned out so beautifully – wish I had scored it more so that it was easier to cut! Check out the recipe/modifications in today’s post,ย Delightful Baklava. […]

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  9. BellMar Homestead says:

    This looks wonderful!

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  10. What’s crazy is that I was just gushing to a friend about how much I love baklava! It’s a sign that I must have some ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. I can remember in my youth, when the old ladies would get my Mother up at four in the morning to start making Paklavah, yes we say it with a “P.” The women used broom sticks to roll out the dough, there was no pre-made Phyllo dough back in the 50’s. My favorite dessert from Thanksgiving to New Years and then I need the long sabbatical from it.

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  12. Beth says:

    This looks fabulous! Baklava is one of my all time favorites, but I’ve never had the guts to make it myself! Maybe this is the year!

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  13. sultanabun says:

    Eek! I’m impressed.

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