How To Make
Recipes from Europe
Greek Baklava is a wonderfully sweet dessert made with phyllo dough, walnuts (sometimes pistachios), and a delicious simple syrup with a hint of lemon.
Phyllo Dough Walnuts Butter Ground Cinnamon Granulated Sugar Lemon Juice + Zest Water Honey
First, finely chop the walnuts. You can either use a food processor or a knife for this. Then add the ground cinnamon and mix well.
Brush your baking dish with butter and trim the phyllo sheets to fit. Place the first sheet into the baking dish and brush with melted butter.
Repeat until you have a layer of 8 phyllo sheets. Then sprinkle some nuts on top. Next, add 4 more phyllo sheets on top, brushing each with butter.
Repeat until you end up with 5 nut layers and have used up all your phyllo sheets. The last layer can have a few more sheets. That's fine!
Cut the baklava lengthwise into strips, then slice diagonally in both directions to create diamond shapes. Or just cut it into squares!
Bake the baklava at 300F for about 1 hour 10 minutes or until the phyllo is cooked and golden brown. In the meantime, let's make the syrup...
For the syrup, add sugar, honey, water, lemon zest and lemon juice to a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let cook for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
When the baklava is done, remove from the oven and drizzle with the syrup right away - slowly so that the phyllo sheets can absorb it.
Allow the Greek baklava to absorb all the syrup and cool completely before serving. Then enjoy!
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