How to Make Baklava: Recipe

While this Turkish delight may seem difficult to make, it’s actually a snap! The elements baklava is known for are its sweetness, its nuttiness and its flaky pastry. You can use any combination of nuts you like for the filling – we used walnuts, pecans and almonds. Stack that between buttered layers of phyllo dough, bake, and smother it all in a sweet, honey syrup and you’ve got homemade baklava! As with many foods, there are regional variations on the baklava theme throughout Europe. But one thing’s for sure: it’s delicious! In this video, shows you how to make your very own Baklava right at home.

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Recipe: How to Make Baklava

This Turkish dessert is crispy, nutty and sweet.


- 1 (16 ounce) package phyllo dough
- 1 pound chopped nuts (I’m using almonds, pecans and walnuts)
- 1 cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup honey


1. After preheating your oven to 350°, prepare your pan by buttering the bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch pan.
2. Toss all your chopped nuts with the cinnamon, and set it aside.
3. Now, take your phyllo dough and cut the entire stack in half so it fits your pan. Make sure when you’re not working with it to keep it covered with a damp cloth so it doesn’t dry out.
4. Place two sheets of phyllo in the bottom of your pan, and butter it thoroughly. Repeat that until you have eight sheets layered.
5. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture on top of your stacked phyllo, then cover that with two more sheets of dough and more butter.
6. Keep adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of the nut mixture, then covering that with dough, then butter until you run out of nuts.
7. For the top, layer 6-8 sheets with butter in between every two.
8. Now use a sharp knife to cut your baklava into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan.
9. Bake that in your preheated oven for about 50 minutes or until the baklava is golden and crisp.
TIP: If it starts to brown too much, cover it with aluminum foil for the remainder of the cooking time.
10. Meanwhile, while it’s baking, you can make your sauce. Boil the sugar and water until the sugar is melted.
11. Now add the vanilla and honey, and simmer it for about 20 minutes.
12. When your baklava is ready, remove it from the oven and pour the sauce all over it.
Your baklava may get soggy, so make sure to keep it uncovered for a crispy and sweet dessert.

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