Birthday Baklava!

24 Feb

My family came down to visit this weekend for my Dad’s birthday and for dessert I made this baklava. Both my mom and my brother have asked multiple times for me to make this for them, and I think my Dad secretly wants to ask as much as they do but holds back. Fortunately for them, I obliged this time and we all enjoyed a piece…before I could take pictures 🙂

I won’t tell you how old he is, for his sake, but I will say that through everything he has always been supportive and loving and for that I thank him. I am so lucky to have him as my dad and I can’t think of another person I would want to make this dish for. He is always willing to drop anything just to come pick me up or help me out. How can you ask for a better father than that? It’s amazing how blessed I am. I love my dad.


For the baklava:

  • 1 lb. of chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pistachios are best, or use a combination)
  • 1 lb of phyllo dough
  • 1 cup of butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 teaspoon of ground cloves

For the syrup:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Lightly grease a 9×13 pan and set the oven to 350°F.

Roll out the phyllo dough and cut the dough in half so the sheets will fit in the pan. Cover with a damp towel to keep it from drying out.

Put the nuts in the food processor and pulse until in small, even sized pieces. Combine with sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. In a separate bowl, melt the butter in the microwave.

Place a sheet of phyllo dough into the pan. Using a pastry brush, brush the phyllo sheet with melted butter. Repeat 7 more times until it is 8 sheets thick, each sheet being “painted” with the butter.

Spoon on a thin layer of the nut mixture. Cover with four more sheets of phyllo, brushing each one with butter. Continue to repeat the nut mixture and four buttered sheets of phyllo until the nut mixture is all used up. The top layer should be 8 phyllo sheets thick, each sheet being individually buttered.

Cut the baklava into triangles or squares using a sharp knife. Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until lightly golden brown, and edges appear slightly crisp.

While baking, make the syrup. Combine the cinnamon stick, sugar, lemon juice, honey, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium low heat and let simmer for 7 minutes and slightly thickened. Remove the cinnamon stick and allow to cool.

Spoon the cooled syrup over the hot baklava and let cool for at least 4 hours.

Recipe text adapted from Simply Recipes


4 Responses to “Birthday Baklava!”

  1. merittothecarrot February 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    I have a huge favor to ask of you…. make this for my birthday?

    • mnoller February 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm #

      haha, the birthday dish of choice!

  2. tconigl1 February 25, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    Thanks for the recipe, I LOVE baklava but I’ve never made it myself. I might give it a try!


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