How to make Baklava

Question. What is Baklava?
Answer. Baklava is Greek pastry traditionally made with phyllo dough, syrop (water, sugar, etc), and a nut mixture.  Many Middle Eastern nations have their own version of baklava.

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Phyllo dough is really fine and it is difficult to handle because it dries out quickly. Phyllo dough is kept under a moistened cloth while making each layer of baklava. Each phyllo dough is brushed with butter and each layer consists of about 5 phyllo dough. In between each layer chopped nuts are distributed.

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Recipe directions

  • Pour in the sugar, and water and bring to a boil.
  • At the same time melt the 1 pound of unsalted butter at low simmering heat.
  • Once syrop begins to boil, remove from heat and stir in some lemon juice. Allow syrop to cool.
  • Place the nut mixture in a bowl. Add sugar and spices.
  • Add spices and mix well.
  • Open up the phyllo dough.
  • Apply some of the butter to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cut the phyllo dough the exact size of the pan, as
    shown next.
  • Make sure you reserve enough  of the large size phyllo dough for bottom and top sections.
  • Start placing phyllo dough one at a time onto the bottom of the  pan.
  • Apply some butter.
  • Repeat this procedure 5 times.
  • For the 4th and 5th layers of the bottom section use the smaller pieces of the phyllo dough.
  • Try to finish all the small pieces prior to reaching the top and final section.
  • After 5 layers of phyllo dough we will add a few handfulls of the nuts mixture.
  • After every phyllo dough add butter.
  • Use 5 phyllo doughs on the very bottom and very top sections. On the middle sections use 3 phyllo doughs.
  • Don't panic if the phyllo dough is crumbly. Simply use it in the middle layers. If the dough is fresh it will not be so crumbly
  • At this point turn on the oven to preheat it to 350 F. We have two more layers to go.
  • Apply the 5 remaining phyllo dough on the top.
  • Cut the phyllo dough in small pieces, as shown, but avoid cutting the bottom phyllo dough layers.
  • On each piece, add one clove on top, as shown next.
  • Pour some more of the remaining unsalted butter, just enough to moisten the phyllo dough.
  • Bake at bottom rack at 350 F for an hour or until golden color is achieved.

NOTE: If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts; Baklava video

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