Monday, July 9, 2012


I LOVE Baklava. Something about the sweet honey with the nuts just appeals to my palate. I recently received a large jar of fresh local honey from a friend of mine who has a bee hive. My first though to to make some baklava, and I wasn't disappointed!

1 package phyllo dough
1 lbs of nuts, you can use any you want, I used a combination of almonds, walnuts, and pecans because that is what I had on hand.
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey


  • Thaw the phyllo dough according to the directions on the box.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Bring 1 cup to a boil. Turn off heat immediately. 
  • Add sugar, vanilla and honey. Stir until combined. Set aside to cool. 
  • Chop nuts in a food processor and toss with the cinnamon.
  • Roast the nuts until you can smell them. You can do this in the oven or in a large fry pan over medium heat.
  • Place two layers of pyllo dough in pan, then butter. Repeat until you have about 8 layers. 
  • Then add about 3 tbls of nuts over the buttered phyllo dough. Add two layers of phyllo dough, butter, add nuts on top. 
  • Repeat until you only have about 8 layers of phyllo dough left. You should run out of nuts at about the same time.
  • Cut the baklava before you bake it into whatever shape/size you desire.
  • Butter the top layer then bake in the over for about 50 minutes.
  • Immediately drizzle the cooled sauce over the baklava. 
  • The baklava will soak up the sauce in a few hours, leave uncovered.
  • Enjoy!


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