Friday, July 29, 2011

The Friday Five & A Baklava Recipe

This is a photo of the baklava the kids and I made, cut up and
plated so my husband could take some to the church board
meeting. He said it was a definite hit.
I'm not sure what got into me to attempt baklava, and truthfully, I wasn't even certain what it was until I started researching it online, and I'd never tasted it. This super-sweet, nutty Greek confection is every bit as wonderful as I'd heard.

So this week's Friday Five is:

Five steps to making Baklava.

  • Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough (I found this in my grocery store freezer section)
  • 1 pound chopped nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)
  • 1 cup melted butter (real butter, not margarine)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons orange juice (some recipes called for lemon juice/zest, but I didn't have any, so substituted oj)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup honey

Here are the five steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Chop nuts and toss with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll phyllo dough. Cut whole stack in half to fit pan. Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place two sheets of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle 2 - 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Top with two sheets of dough, butter, nuts, layering as you go. The top layer should be about 6 - 8 sheets deep.
  3. Using a sharp knife cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You may cut into 4 long rows the make diagonal cuts. Bake for about 50 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
  4. Make sauce while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool. Serve in cupcake papers. This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.

Have you made Baklava before? Are you adventurous when it comes to cooking?


  1. I've never made baklava, but I've eaten it!

  2. I've never eaten it or made it. I'm so impressed! Yours looks fancy.

  3. I'm glad you took and posted the picture of the baklava you sent to the leader meeting. It was moved, seconded and unanimous that this become our monthly treat from the deacon's wife what made it! If you don't believe me you can check the minutes. :)

  4. I am impressed! Eaten it and loved it.

    So, you bringin' some to ACFW or what? ;)
    ~ Wendy

  5. Never had it, never made it. Sounds good though. I might have to try out this recipe!

    I'm with Wendy...stuff some in your suitcase! :)

  6. When I hear Baklava, I think of Tori Carrington--the husband/wife writing duo who make the most amazing baklava ever! I could sop it up with a biscuit, it's that good! Thanks for making me drool!

  7. I've eaten it, but never made it. It looks like a great recipe!

    5 steps...

    Can you eat it in less than 5 bites? Bet I could! :)