Baklava | Greek Easter

I can't express how much I love any filo pastry dessert so once my mum and I made this, let's just say it did not last long at all. This delicious walnut with filo pastry drizzled with honey on top tastes amazing unless you've got a nut allergy then maybe stay away from this...
What you will need:
1kg of filo dough/sheets
2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
4 cups of walnuts
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 cup of caster sugar
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
3/4 of a cup of water
1/2 a cup of honey
Method:
Start off by using a rolling pin and crushing the walnuts into pieces, or you could just blend them.
Lay out the filo pastry.
Put all the butter into a bowl and microwave it until it is liquid.
Make sure to cover up the filo sheets as they dry very quickly and then crack, try to make sure they don't crack.
Start off by dipping a brush into the melted butter and 'paint' the bottom of the tray.
Put the first layer over the butter in the tray and 'paint' the top of the filo sheet with butter. Do this until you have done 10 filo sheets.
Once you have done 10 filo sheets it is time to create the walnut mixture. Pour in a cup of sugar.
Put in a teaspoon of cinnamon and mix them together.
Once you have mixed the walnut mixture together put an even layer of it on top of the first 10 layers of filo sheets (the walnut mixture will be on top of the butter).
Repeat this using the same walnut mixture. The number of layers from the bottom of the tray to the top will be: 
10 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
5 buttered filo sheets then walnut layer,
10 buttered filo sheets and butter on top.
Once you are done cut the pastry all the way down to the bottom of the tray into 1 1/2 wide strips.
Then you are going to want to cut all the way down to the bottom diagonally to create nice diamond shapes.
Place this in the oven on 150 degrees Celsius on fan bake for an hour and 15 minutes.
Whilst it is baking in the oven, grab a sauce pan and combine 1 cup of sugar, half a cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 3/4 of a cup of water. Put on a medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved then put onto a low heat and leave for 4 minutes without staring. After 4 minutes take the syrup completely off the heat and let it sit aside cooling whilst the Baklava is baking.
Once it is out of the oven pour the syrup on top of the now baked pastry all over the top until there is no more syrup in the sauce pan. Once you have done that, you can eat! But I would recommend you wait and let it sit over night or at least for 4 to 6 hours at room temperature.
I hope you liked this and make this even though it takes a bit of a while it tastes amazing! Definitely worth it :) Let me know how your easter went and what you look forward to each easter in the comments below and don't forget to follow this blog by scrolling all the way to the top of this page and clicking that follow button :D
Victoria xx

21 comments

  1. This turned out gorgeous! I have always been curious about the process to make this. Sounds like definitely takes some time, but your photo play-by-play makes me think I might just have to give it a try. How long do you find it will stay fresh?

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  2. Haven't had this since middle school home economics. This makes me want to try it again.

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  3. Yum! I haven't eaten this in years! When I do I only eat 1-2 pieces because it's a very sweet treat but delicious!!

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  4. Oh we love Baklava, I would love to try and make this at home. Thank you for the recipe

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  5. They look beyond delicious! I always wondered how these were made...we get them sometimes in Astoria (which has a large Greek community) or out on Coney Island. I'm drooling!!

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  6. I love love baklava! And I have never made it because it would be so addicting! But I should totally just do it!

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  7. I do not think I could make this but I would love to. It looks so good I would eat the whole tray.

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  8. I love your version. I have a friend who makes the pastry. It is a huge process, but oh, my! What a delicious dessert!

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  9. This looks delicious! I have always loved this dish but have never been brave enough to try making it myself

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  10. I sure hope you saved me a bite or two! I'm impressed with the detail and time it takes to bake this! What a process - but so worth it!

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  11. This is a well-written recipe.
    I really like your picture and direction flow.

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  12. This is one of my favorite desserts. If I could eat it every day, I would! I'm definitely going to try making this one day now that you've shared how to make it! It looks sooo delicious.

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  13. My husband would love me to make some. This is one of his all time faves, and he hasn't had it in SO long. Would love to try this for him! - Jeanine

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  14. I love a good baklava. I've never tried to make it myself but I'm excited to try out this recipe for myself at home.

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  15. Your baklava looks mouthwatering! I LOVE baklava and would totally make this if I didn't have to go gluten free. However, I know some family members that will die for your recipe :-D

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  16. I have never tried making baklava before. However, after seeing this I will definitely have to give this a try!!

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  17. My husband worked in a Greek restaurant and loved their baklava. I would love to make this for him as a surprise. He would love it!

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  18. YES to this recipe! It looks so good and you make it seem easy. I love baklava but I've never had the chance to make, I find the recipe a little intimidating. I think this one's a must try though.

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  19. I've never thought to make baklava before but this looks so amazing, I think I'll have to give this recipe a try!

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  20. Wow I have never had this before, let alone make it!!! It looks like a delicious dessert for Greek Easter!

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  21. I have never tried baklava before but your recipe looks amazing! My BIL is greek, I'm sure he's made this before and loves it.

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