Easy Baklava Recipe

I’ve been a huge fan of baklava since I was about 9 years old, but baklava has been the kind of dessert that seemed a bit intimidating to make. Luckily we found a budget-friendly, super easy Baklava recipe. As the recipe states, this recipe takes shortcuts so purists might not like this, but this recipe is a lot more affordable and easier than some of the other Baklava recipes we found online so we gave this a shot.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box phyllo dough, thawed
  • 3/4 cup (unsalted) butter, melted

Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Filling

  • 1 – 2 cups finely chopped nuts (we used a mix of walnuts and pecans that we already had at home)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Steps

  1. Place sugar, water, & lemon juice in pan and bring to boil. Add honey and mix.
  2. Simmer for 5 min., stirring occasionally.
  3. Let cool.
  4. Lay out phyllo dough, divide in half, trim to fit 9 x 13 pan.
  5. Lightly butter the pan.
  6. Place 1/2 of the dough in pan.
  7. Combine filling ingredients and spread evenly over phyllo dough.
  8. Cover with other half of dough.
  9. With a serrated knife, cut into triangles.
  10. Drizzle evenly with melted butter.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, til golden brown.
  12. Add honey to cooled syrup and mix.
  13. Remove from oven and pour cooled syrup over hot baklava.
  14. Let it cool down before serving.

We were actually surprised at how great this turned out. It was very sweet and perfectly flaky. Next time, we’ll add a bit more nuts. We liked that this recipe didn’t hurt our wallets – think about the fact that one small piece of Baklava is normally sold at restaurants for $3.50 – this entire tray cost us only about $7.50. Granted, this is not the kind of thing we’d eat on a regular basis, but this is perfect for those once-in-awhile sweet splurges. And we’re so glad we finally made something we’ve been wanting to make for ages.

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