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