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If you ever had baklava around the holidays you probably know how delicious it is. Come see How to Make Baklava and impress all of your holiday guests.

If you ever had baklava around the holidays you probably know how delicious it is. Come see How to Make Baklava and impress all of your holiday guests.

HOW TO MAKE BAKLAVA.

Traditional Baklava is a family favorite around the holidays. I am here to show you How to Make Baklava. This Lebanese recipe takes a little time and effort, but it is so worth it! I grew up eating this at the holidays and the work you put into making it pays off. 

My sister and Mom promised to teach me how to make this Lebanese traditional dessert over the holidays. It ended up being my sister and my Grandma that taught me–and it was so fun to make.

I have been wanting to learn how to make this for years & finally sat down and learned. I have a feeling this will become a yearly tradition!

Baklava has always been a must have at the holidays in our family but I could eat it any time during the year!

My Mom and sisters always make multiple batches for family, friends & co-workers. It is a HUGE hit! If you want instant friends–this is your answer! People love, love this stuff.

I am not saying it is healthy for you, but it is so delicious.

If you ever had baklava around the holidays you probably know how delicious it is. Come see How to Make Baklava and impress all of your holiday guests.

You will need a nice space to make baklava. Make sure to put something down on the table that you don’t care if it gets dirty. The butter tends to splash and stain things.

You will also need a big pastry brush, fillo dough and a baking sheet. The size of the baking sheets depends on the length of phyllo dough that you buy.

Some is smaller and some larger–so use whatever sheet fits it.

If you ever had baklava around the holidays you probably know how delicious it is. Come see How to Make Baklava and impress all of your holiday guests.

A little bit of hard work and this is your final product!

If you ever had baklava around the holidays you probably know how delicious it is. Come see How to Make Baklava and impress all of your holiday guests.

Please ask questions if you have any about the process of making baklava–it can be a little time consuming and tricky but well worth it.

I hope you love it and I hope it becomes a family favorite.

If you ever had baklava around the holidays you probably know how delicious it is. Come see How to Make Baklava and impress all of your holiday guests.

How to Make Baklava.

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

A favorite Lebanese dessert that is sure to be a hit at the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs fillo dough (18-20 sheets per lb.)
  • 1 1/2 lbs unsalted butter, melted

For the Syrup:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater
  • 1 lemon, juiced

For the filling:

  • 1 lb ground walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater

Instructions

  1. Preheat over at 350.
  2. Mix sugar, water and rosewater. Boil together and add lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. Mix ground nuts, sugar, cinnamon and rosewater together in food processor, set aside.
  4. Brush 14x18 inch baking tray with melted butter. Place pastry sheet (1 piece of fillo dough) on bottom of pan and brush with butter. Repeat until you have piled up half of the fillo dough, each one brushed with butter. Distribute the nut mixture.
  5. Add second half of fillo dough on top of nut mixture, brushing each sheet with butter.
  6. With a sharp knife, cut the uncooked tray in diamond shapes, starting lengthwise, about 1 1/2 inches wide, then cut diagonally about 1 1/2 inches.
  7. Place the pan in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes (the baklava should be golden brown).
  8. Remove from oven and immediately pour syrup very slowly over the Baklava. Let cool, re-cut and put in small cupcake tins.

 

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Saturday 5th of December 2020

[…] you come over at the holidays my family always has a batch of Baklava on the table, or a tin of these Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies or a jar of Easy […]

kremaste torte

Sunday 7th of August 2016

Baklava is a wonderful delicacy a very popular dessert. Looks good your baklava, I believe that it is very tasty, beautiful..

Leah

Wednesday 16th of January 2013

Ohhhh my goodness. Jon and his mom LOVE baklava. I'm going to have to save this recipe for a rainy day and treat them. :)

A Cedar Spoon

Wednesday 16th of January 2013

Good! I hope you get to make it sometime soon and they love it. Let me know if you have questions as sometimes it can be confusing.

Butterfingers

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

Did you make the fill pastry or is it store bought? Because making it takes a lot if work ! Just wanted to know..,thanks!

A Cedar Spoon

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

I bought the fillo dough at the store--they sell all kinds of brands. It is funny because my Grandma said that her Mom used to make her own fillo dough and it took forever, but that is how they did it growing up. Even my Grandma buys it from the store now! :) If you look at one of the pictures on this post you will see the brand that we used, but any brand will do!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Saturday 12th of January 2013

I love baklava and I have to plan ahead who I'm going to give it to once I've had a few pieces or I'd eat the entire tray I don't have a big pastry brush like that though. That's going on my birthday wish list. :) This looks SO good!

A Cedar Spoon

Saturday 12th of January 2013

I don't have my own big pastry brush either-now that I know how to make it I need one. My sister got hers online! This stuff is dangerous--I always end up eating more than planned.

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