Rating: 3.92 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Making Baklava is a long process, but you will find the results of your labors rich and rewarding with this wonderful recipe.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
1 hr
cook:
1 hr 25 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
3 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
60 pieces
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl, toss together the pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/2 cup sugar.

  • Unroll thawed phyllo pastry, and cover with a damp towel to prevent drying and cracking. Brush a 10x15-inch jellyroll pan with melted butter using a pastry brush. Lay one sheet of pastry onto the buttered pan, and brush with more butter. Repeat until there are 8 buttered sheets of dough stacked. Sprinkle some of the nut mixture over this layer, then cover with 3 more layers of pastry, each brushed with butter. Sprinkle more of the nut mixture, then 3 layers of buttered pastry. Repeat this pattern until the nut mixture is gone, reserving 8 layers of pastry for the top. Each time a layer of pastry is added, it must be brushed with the melted butter.

  • Cut the pastry into strips, then into diamonds. Pieces should be somewhat small because they are so sweet. At this point, each piece may be studded with a whole clove. Heat the remaining melted butter until boiling, and drizzle it evenly over the whole pan.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until evenly golden, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • While the pastry is baking, combine the remaining 3 cups sugar, water, honey, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • When the pastry comes out of the oven, immediately pour the syrup evenly over the entire pan. Be careful when pouring; the hot syrup may cause the butter in the pastry to boil up and splatter. Allow baklava to cool to room temperature before serving. Remove whole cloves from pieces before eating.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 20.1g; fat 10.9g; cholesterol 16.3mg; sodium 72.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (14)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2009
Pistachio is my favorite nut. Hazelnut is my second favorite. And I've never had Baklava. Clearly I had to make this recipe! I made my first batch on Thanksgiving '09. The only things I did differently was use a 13x9x2" pan, omit the whole cloves, and I cut mine in squares. The 1st time I made it (not knowing any better) I ran out of butter before putting on the last top 8 layers. So I had to melt an additional stick of butter. Yeah it was so buttery that when you cut it with a fork buttery goodness would seep out. Everyone LOVED IT. They had seconds and took some with them for the road trip back home. I had left over nuts and left over syrup from the 1st batch - so I made it again (last night): This time I had left over butter as the recipe indicated I would: "Heat the remaining melted butter until boiling, and drizzle it evenly over the whole pan". I only poured half of what I had left over. This time around I dusted the top with left over nut/sugar mix. The cooking time 1:15 was too much and it made the top layer a bit brown instead of golden. Didn't taste any different. I would check it after an hour, if it risen and golden, pull it. I would not use whole cloves to garnish (useless unless edible. Use extra pistachios). T This was excellent, and very impressive to make for others. It doesn't take that long to make and it's not hard to make either. The layering takes a bit and I'm a bit forgetful so keeping count of layers was the only frustrating part. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
This recipe had a great flavor but it was swimming in liquid. You need to increase the honey and reduce the water. 2 1/2 cups of water is excessive. I had to pour off excess liquid. 1-1/2 cups is more than enough. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2009
Pistachio is my favorite nut. Hazelnut is my second favorite. And I've never had Baklava. Clearly I had to make this recipe! I made my first batch on Thanksgiving '09. The only things I did differently was use a 13x9x2" pan, omit the whole cloves, and I cut mine in squares. The 1st time I made it (not knowing any better) I ran out of butter before putting on the last top 8 layers. So I had to melt an additional stick of butter. Yeah it was so buttery that when you cut it with a fork buttery goodness would seep out. Everyone LOVED IT. They had seconds and took some with them for the road trip back home. I had left over nuts and left over syrup from the 1st batch - so I made it again (last night): This time I had left over butter as the recipe indicated I would: "Heat the remaining melted butter until boiling, and drizzle it evenly over the whole pan". I only poured half of what I had left over. This time around I dusted the top with left over nut/sugar mix. The cooking time 1:15 was too much and it made the top layer a bit brown instead of golden. Didn't taste any different. I would check it after an hour, if it risen and golden, pull it. I would not use whole cloves to garnish (useless unless edible. Use extra pistachios). T This was excellent, and very impressive to make for others. It doesn't take that long to make and it's not hard to make either. The layering takes a bit and I'm a bit forgetful so keeping count of layers was the only frustrating part. Read More
(25)
Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
This recipe had a great flavor but it was swimming in liquid. You need to increase the honey and reduce the water. 2 1/2 cups of water is excessive. I had to pour off excess liquid. 1-1/2 cups is more than enough. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
I've made this a few times and it always disappears. Pistachios are great and I have used other nuts like walnuts if I have no hazelnuts. I'm glad I found it again it will make a great Thanksgiving gift! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2008
The taste made this well worth the work never had better anywhere...it is a keeper for me. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2007
This recipe gets a 4 for taste but a 2 for ease. I have made baklava before with similiar results but this recipe was more complicated than it needed to be. I do like the different nuts it calls for-pistachios and hazelnuts. They do give it a different flavor than the usual walnuts. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2003
I found this recipe easy to follow and really wasn't hard at all! Baklava doesn't have to be so hard! Great taste and my Turkish friends were impressed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2006
Mine came out a little stickier than I believe it should have but otherwise it was VERY tasty and very impressive to make. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/03/2009
Not enough honey in this recipe. I preferred the plain recipe with more honey Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2014
I just made it for my boyfriend for the fistt time and it cane out so delicious. He loves it. The only thing i did different was that I put 1/2 cup less sugar in the sauce. We don't like the baclava that is so sweet you can only have one piece. This is a 5 star for sure. Read More
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