This Near Eastern pastry is made of many layers of paper-thin dough with a filling usually of honey and ground nuts. If you like honey, you'll probably like Baklava.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Melt the butter over low heat. Pour 2 tablespoons of the butter into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Layer 3 sheets of the phyllo dough in the pan. Trim dough to fit. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of pecans over the phyllo dough. Layer 3 more sheets of dough, brush generously with the melted butter, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pecans. Continue dough -butter- pecan layers until pan is 3/4 full.

  • With a sharp knife, score phyllo dough to form diamonds. Press a clove at each end of the diamonds. Pour remaining butter over the dough.

  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

  • Meanwhile, combine the sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan, and bring to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Add the honey and simmer for 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick. Pour honey mixture over hot baklava. Let cool on wire racks. Cut into diamonds.

  • Pour honey mixture over hot baklava. Let cool on wire racks. Cut into diamonds.

Nutrition Facts

213.7 calories; protein 1.6g 3% DV; carbohydrates 20.9g 7% DV; fat 14.8g 23% DV; cholesterol 20.3mg 7% DV; sodium 47.7mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2003
THIS RECIPE IS THE BEST OF ALL THE BAKLAVA RECIPE'S I'VE TRIIED. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2004
USE PISTACHIOs is the key to a more original baklava (according to my Turkish hubby). Walnuts are cheaper but pistachios definately make the baklava tastes better. Skip all those cloves and cinnamon, that stuff is for the Americanized taste. Taste the nut, butter and the good syrup. Here is my syrup: purified water 1 3/4 cup, a small rectangular 2 inch cinnamon bark, 2 thin slice of ginger, 2 inches lemon peel (yellow part only), a touch (approx 1 tsp) of lemon juice. Let all those things boiled and simmer until the liquid reduce to 1 cup. Add 3/4 cup sugar and stir until dissolve, 1/2 tsp pure vanilla, 1 tbsp orange juice (no pulp)and turn the heat off. Add 1/2 cup of honey. The syrup should be a light touch of golden color, and if you like you can put a 1/2 tsp of rose water or jasmine water. Just make sure the temperature of the Baklava and the syrup is not the same, one have to be cooler than the other or you will get some very soggy baklava. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2004
USE PISTACHIOs is the key to a more original baklava (according to my Turkish hubby). Walnuts are cheaper but pistachios definately make the baklava tastes better. Skip all those cloves and cinnamon, that stuff is for the Americanized taste. Taste the nut, butter and the good syrup. Here is my syrup: purified water 1 3/4 cup, a small rectangular 2 inch cinnamon bark, 2 thin slice of ginger, 2 inches lemon peel (yellow part only), a touch (approx 1 tsp) of lemon juice. Let all those things boiled and simmer until the liquid reduce to 1 cup. Add 3/4 cup sugar and stir until dissolve, 1/2 tsp pure vanilla, 1 tbsp orange juice (no pulp)and turn the heat off. Add 1/2 cup of honey. The syrup should be a light touch of golden color, and if you like you can put a 1/2 tsp of rose water or jasmine water. Just make sure the temperature of the Baklava and the syrup is not the same, one have to be cooler than the other or you will get some very soggy baklava. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2007
Some of the other reviews should definitely be consulted. I poured hot syrup on hot baklava and got a big moushy mess... I'll try it again with one or the other cold... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2003
THIS RECIPE IS THE BEST OF ALL THE BAKLAVA RECIPE'S I'VE TRIIED. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2007
This is a great recipe! walnuts are better than pecans. to add flavor you can take grounded pistachios and sprinkle them. take the advice and dont use cloves or cinnamon. you might want to add more syrup. remember not to pour hot syrup on hot baklava; one has to be cold the other warm. you can switch the layers. for example i put seven layers of dough then walnuts then 7 more then butter and then 7 more. then the butter and the pistachios. this is a great recipe though i think the syrup is too sweet. enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2009
I added less water simmered longer and didn't add all the syrup I made...only adding syrup until the phylo dough was saturated. I used walnuts becasue they are cheaper. Pistachios would be too Lebanese not Greek so I would stick with the pecans or walnuts. This recipe has been a favorite at all my holiday parties and even for small sweet snacks Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/10/2004
The taste was good but was way too soupy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2008
Its great and easy to make this. I use Almonds instead of the recommended nut.I add orange blossom water and rose water as well to make it smells nice.With the syrup i add few tsp of the lemon juice and zest of lemon as well.My husband and his algerian friend loves it.My son loves it too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2003
My family did enjoy this and we will make it again but I might cut down a little on the butter that is left to pour on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2005
This is a true Five Star rating!!!!!! The Dessert is out of this world!!!!!!!!! Read More
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