2DSC08946Homemade Baklava seems intimidating at first especially the phyllo dough but it is very easy once you know what to do.

This recipe makes 2 9x 13 baklava – it’s so delicious. I like when the baklava is not to sweet and soaking in syrup. SO the syrup recipe is good for the 2 pans.



1  package phyllo dough (in 1 box you get 2 package)

1/2 pound chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans chopped small)

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 cup butter – more as needed

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1/2 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup of honey

1 tsp cinnamon


3 important secrets: 

  • prepare filling before you unwrap the phyllo dough
  • precut baklava before you bake
  • as soon as your baklava comes out pour hot syrup on.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175 degrees C). Butter the bottoms and sides of a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. Chop nuts and mix with cinnamon. Set aside. Unroll package of phyllo dough.  Cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work. Place one sheet of dough in pan, butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered. Sprinkle nut mixture on top. Top again one sheet at time and butter dough. After a few more sheets add nuts.  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. Bake for about 45 minutes until baklava is golden and crisp.
  4. Make syrup while baklava is baking. Boil sugar and water until sugar is melted. Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Remove baklava from oven and immediately spoon sauce over it. Let cool.  This freezes well. Leave it uncovered as it gets soggy if it is wrapped up.

καλή όρεξη!


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