The baklava, baklawa or baclava is a cake made with a paste of crushed pistachios or walnuts, distributed in a filo dough and bathed in syrup or honey syrup. There are several varieties that incorporate hazelnuts and almonds, among other nuts.
It was one of the most popular sweets in Ottoman gastronomy, it can be found under different names in Turkish, Iranian and Arab gastronomy, as well as in other countries of the Levant, the Maghreb, Greece, the Indian Subcontinent and the Balkans.
Learn how to make a great Baklava recipe!
Baklava (cake with walnuts)
To make your Baklava perfect, use these ingredients from the list and follow the step-by-step preparation mode.
1kg (10 cups) walnuts
400g (1 3/4 cup) sugar
6 tbsp bread crumbs
1 kg (35oz) phyllo dough
500 (2 1/4 cup) melted butter
800g (4 cups) sugar
800ml (3 1/3 cups) water
- Chop 1kg of walnuts;
- Add 400g sugar;
- Add 6 tbsp bread crumbs;
- Brush melted butter into a mold;
- Add 1 phyllo dough;
- Brush melted butter;
- Repeat this process with 2 more phyllo dough;
- Cut the side remnants;
- Spread walnuts onto every 3rd sheet;
- Add melted butter;
- Repeat the process;
- Finish off with 3 sheets;
- Cut before baking;
- Bake it 1h and 20 min in preheated oven at 180℃ / 350℉, or until tops are golden brown;
- In a pan on the fire, add 800g sugar;
- Add 800ml water;
- When it boils, take it off the heat;
- Add few lemon slices to the syrup;
- Slowly pour cool syrup over hot baklava;
- Let baklava sit 4-6 hours or overnight at room temperature for the syrup to penetrate and soften the layers;
- Your Baklava is ready!