How to make it

  • Let filo dough sit out at room temperature for 2 hours, longer if frozen. For best results, thaw frozen dough overnight in the refrigerator. Keep it in the plastic so it doesn’t dry out. In other words, don’t open the package till you are ready to use it!
  • Chop walnuts, about 1 cup at a time, in food processor to a small pebbly texture. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Stir in 1 tsp cinnamon and ¼ cup sugar. Set aside.
  • Butter 13x9x2 glass baking dish.
  • Melt 2 ½ sticks of butter.
  • Open filo dough, gently lay it out flat, cover with wax paper and damp kitchen towel. Lift towel to remove sheets of filo to work with, and recover unused filo right away. Place 2 sheets of filo in the buttered baking dish. With a soft pastry brush, lightly butter the top sheet of filo. Get two more sheets of filo and repeat. Buttering every other sheet until you have 12 layers.
  • Cover layer with about 1 cup of nut mixture, add 2 more sheets of filo, butter and repeat, until all the nuts are used.
  • Top with 12 more sheets of filo, buttering every 2nd sheet.
  • Using a sharp knife, score a diamond pattern in the pastry.
  • Top with remaining butter. (Yes, poor/drizzle it ALL over the top) This is DESSERT not diet food.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 325°F for 30 minutes. Turn oven down to 300°F and continue to bake till golden brown. 45-60 min.
  • Begin making Syrup 30 minutes before baking is done. Put sugar, honey, water, cinnamon stick and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a “gentle” boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove and discard cinnamon stick and cloves.
  • When pastry is done baking, poor syrup, slowly, over top. Cool for 4 hours. Serve. Serving suggestion: put individual pieces of baklava in paper cup cake cups.
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  • fuzzy 9 years ago
    delicioso!! Don't know how to say it in Greek! LOL
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    trigger ate it and said...
    This is a great help I have been looking for just such a recipe. perfect instructions!
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    always wanted this recipe thanks a million
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  • starofwog 10 years ago
    Baklava is originaly from Turkey but thx for the recipe...theirs many different styles of making Baklava and different uses of Ingredients.
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  • jeffsgirl 10 years ago
    I grew up on Baklava. My Grandfathere was born in Greece and my Grandmother always made us Greek food. Lucky us! Yum! I make it now, but not often enough.
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  • nakedchef 10 years ago
    OMG, thanks for this great recipe
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  • jaeleepoms 10 years ago
    Baklava - you know your bro Robert LOVES them! A local Greek family that owns the Mason Grill makes baklava dipped in dark chocolate - YUMMY!! My aunt's friend has a Lebanese version that uses pistachio - will have to get the recipe from her.
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  • jo_jo_ba 10 years ago
    Oh God, I love Baklava... yum!
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