Baklava is kind of a big deal in my family. For as long as I can remember my Greek grandma has made baklava every year around Christmas time, and sometimes just randomly throughout the year. In case you are one of those unfortunate people who don’t know what baklava is, it’s a sweet Greek dessert made up of layers of phyllo dough, butter, walnuts, spices, and covered with a honey syrup.
My parents have been continuing the baklava making tradition every year at our house, and when they made a random batch this summer I documented the process.
This recipe is for a 12″ x 16″ pan, but with a little bit of math skills it can be modified for a 13″ x 9″ pan.
- 2 packages fillo dough
- 4 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
Walnut & Spice Mixture:
- 4 cups walnuts
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 and 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 and 1/2 cup water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon peel
- 1 tsp orange peel
- 1 cup honey
Defrost the frozen fillo (phyllo) dough in the fridge. When you get ready to start assembling the baklava keep it covered so it doesn’t dry out.
Combine the ingredients for the walnut spice mixture in a food processor until it is very finely ground.
Then eat a couple pieces of the baklava to make sure it’s delicious.
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