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Super Easy Baklava Recipe | Phyllo Pastry Dessert | With Sugar Honey Syrup

Baklava, a popular Middle Eastern & Mediterranean pastry dessert…

It’s basically layered phyllo dough smeared with butter, topped with chopped nuts & soaked in sugar syrup. With store-bought phyllo dough, making baklava is super easy. It’s a heavenly decadent flaky & crispy dessert.

I made the baklava in an 8-inch square pan, this yielded 12 pieces. For making more, layer the phyllo dough in a large pan, follow the same assembling steps.

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Super Easy Baklava Recipe | Phyllo Pastry Dessert | With Sugar Honey Syrup
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: Makes 12
  • Phyllo dough- 16 sheets, 8-inch square shapes
  • Melted butter- 1 cup
  • Chopped Pistachios- ½ cup
  • Chopped pecans- ¼ cup
For making sugar syrup
  • Sugar- ¾ cup
  • Water- 1 cup
  • Orange blossom water- 1 tsp
  • Honey- ¼ cup
  • Lemon juice- 2 tbsp
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F or 175 C.
  2. For making 12 baklavas: I've layered phyllo sheets in an 8-inch square pan.
  3. For making 24 baklavas, use a large pan.
  4. Melt the butter in a microwave or taken in a saucepan over the stovetop.
  5. Grease the pan bottom & sides with melted butter.
  6. Cut the phyllo sheets based on the size of the pan you are using. It should fit in the pan.
  7. Layer 2 phyllo sheets, smear with melted butter.
  8. I didn't spread butter on each sheet, placed 2 sheets & smeared with butter.
  9. Repeat 3 more times- there should be a total of 8 layers of phyllo sheets.
  10. Spread 3 tbsp crushed pistachios & ¼ cup pecans.
  11. Again layer with 2 phyllo sheets, smear with melted butter.
  12. Repeat 3 more times.
  13. In total there will be 16 phyllo sheets.
  14. On the topmost phyllo sheet smear with butter.
  15. Using a sharp knife, cut into square or diamond shapes.
  16. Place the pan on the middle rack in the preheated oven.
  17. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes.
  18. In the meantime, let's make the sugar honey syrup.
  19. Place a saucepan over medium heat.
  20. Add sugar & water, let sugar dissolve completely.
  21. Add orange blossom water. Do not add more than 1 tsp, it will be overpowering.
  22. Lower the heat, add honey.
  23. Let simmer for 20 minutes till the syrup has thickened.
  24. Remove the pan from the heat, let cool down for 5 minutes.
  25. Add lemon juice, combine well. Let cool down.
  26. After 40 minutes of baking, take the pan out of the oven.
  27. Immediately pour the sugar-honey syrup on the hot baklavas.
  28. Let cool down for 2 to 3 hours.
  29. Place the baklavas on a dessert plate.
  30. Garnish with pistachios & serve.
  31. Enjoy this heavenly dessert. YUM!



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