Baklava: Nutty Nirvana

Baklava Nutty Nirvana

Baklava is a honey-sweet, nut-filled pastry with a rich history rooted in the Ottoman Empire, now popular across the Middle East and Mediterranean. Its ingredients, while simple, combine to create a complex and indulgent flavor profile. This revered confection has been savored for centuries, evolving from royal treat to cultural staple.

This baklava recipe captures the essence of a centuries-old tradition, yielding a dessert that’s both opulent and delectably satisfying. The flaky phyllo, rich nuts, and aromatic honey create a textured delight that’s a testament to the enduring appeal of this Middle Eastern classic. Whether you’re a fan of a spiced or floral note, or a crunchier versus syrup-soaked pastry, this recipe can be tailored to your personal taste, ensuring each bite is a journey through culinary history.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cooking Time

50 minutes

Servings

5 Servings (2 Pieces)

Ingredients

  • Phyllo Dough: 16 sheets
  • Nuts: 2 cups (chopped walnuts, pistachios, or almonds)
  • Honey: 1 cup
  • Butter: 1 cup (melted, clarified)
  • Cinnamon: 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar: 1/4 cup
  • Water: 1/2 cup (for the syrup)
  • Lemon Juice: 1 tablespoon (for the syrup)
  • Rose or Orange Blossom Water (optional): 1 teaspoon (for the syrup)

Nutritional Information (Approx)

  • Calories: 360 kcal
  • Total Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 36 g
  • Sugars: 24 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking pan.
  • Lay one sheet of phyllo dough in the pan and brush with melted butter. Repeat with 7 more sheets, buttering each layer.
  • Combine the nuts, cinnamon, and sugar, and spread half over the top phyllo layer.
  • Layer 4 more buttered phyllo sheets over the nuts.
  • Add the remaining nut mixture.
  • Top with the remaining 8 buttered phyllo sheets, buttering the top layer.
  • Cut into diamonds or squares.
  • Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
  • While baking, heat honey, water, and lemon juice over medium heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add rose or orange blossom water if using.
  • Remove baklava from the oven and immediately pour the syrup over it.
  • Let cool completely before serving.

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