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Baklava Recipe

Baklava is exotic Greek dessert filled with layers of paper-thin phyllo sheets, walnuts, almonds, honey, cinnamon and butter.

Prep: 1 1/2 hours | Bake: 50 minutes | Serves: a crowd

Pastry layered with nuts


  • 1 pound phyllo sheets
  • 1.5 pounds (24 ounces) chopped blanched almonds
  • 1 pound walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 1 lemon, quartered with seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Thaw phyllo dough in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In food processor, chop almonds and walnuts and place in medium bowl.  Add 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon to nuts and mix well.  Set aside.
  4. Melt 1 cup of butter.  Remove phyllo from refrigerator and unroll.  Cut whole stack in half and cover phyllo with a damp cloth while assembling the baklava to keep it from drying out.
  5. With pastry brush, brush some butter on bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Lay two sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the baking dish.  Brush butter over phyllo sheets, then sprinkle about 2 to 3 tablespoons of nut mixture over  butter phyllo sheets.  Repeat layers until all ingredients are used, ending with top layer consisting of about 4 to 6 sheets of phyllo.  Brush top of baklava with butter.
  6. Bake baklava in preheated oven for 50 minutes, until golden and crisp.
  7. While baklava is baking, combine water and 1 1/2 cups sugar, honey, lemon quarters, and vanilla in a saucepan.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Immediately upon removing baklava from the oven, pour strained syrup over it.  Let baklava cool completely before serving.

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