Baklava - How to Make Baklawa
Baklava, or baklawa, is a delicious pastry that is known worldwide with variations depending on where in the Middle East you are.
- Serves: 24 persons
- 2 ½cups walnuts or pistachio nuts
- 4cups sugar plus 1/2 cup
- 1pound butter
- 1package, or 16 oz. frozen filo dough (thawed according to package directions)
- 2cups water
- ½teaspoon lemon juice
- 2teaspoons rosewater
- Cinnamon (to taste if using walnuts)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Combine 4 cups sugar, lemon juice, and water in a medium saucepan.
Step 3Bring to a boil, and allow to boil for 10 minutes.
Step 4Add rosewater and bring to a boil. Remove from heat immediately.
Step 5Allow to cool. Prepare the Dough and Filling:
Step 6Combine 1/2 cup sugar and nuts in a bowl. If using walnuts, add cinnamon .
Step 7Preheat oven to 300 F.
Step 8Unroll dough and cut into 9 x 12 pieces to fit into a dish.
Step 9Grease bottom of 9 x 12 pan with butter.
Step 10Place 2 sheets of dough in the baking dish .
Step 11Brush dough with butter and repeat until half of the filo dough is used.
Step 12Spread about 1 cup of the nut mixture over the last layer of dough.
Step 13Place two sheets of filo dough and brush with butter.
Step 14Repeat until nut mixture is used.
Step 15On the final layer of filo dough, be sure to brush with butter.
Step 16Cut into 3-inch squares.
Step 17Then, cut each square in half diagonally to make triangles.
Step 18Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Step 19Remove from oven and pour syrup over the top of baklava and allow to seep and saturate it well.
Step 20Serve and enjoy.