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Video:Baklava Recipe

with Gretchen Siegchrist

Baklava is a sticky, delicious Greek dessert that combines nuts, sugar, cinnamon, and honey. Find out how to make this sweet treat, plus how to handle phyllo dough.See Transcript

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Transcript:Baklava Recipe

Hi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I am going to show you how to make baklava. This is a delicious, sticky Greek dessert that is fun to make at home.

Baklava Ingredients

For the baklava, you will need:
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • phyllo dough
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
We will top the pastry with a syrup made from:
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
You will also need a baking pan and a pastry brush.

Prepare the Baking Pan

Thaw out the phyllo dough ahead of time according to the manufacturer's directions. Brush some melted butter along the bottom and the sides of the pan so that nothing sticks.

Add the Phyllo Dough to the Baking Pan

Now, we will add the phyllo dough to the pan, one sheet at a time, and brush each one with butter before adding the next.

Keep the unused sheets covered with a clean, damp towel to prevent them from drying out. The phyllo dough is very delicate, so try not to tear it as you are moving it into the pan.

Keep laying down the dough until you have about 10 sheets in the bottom of the pan.

Make the Baklava Filling

In a small bowl, mix together the nuts, sugar, and cinnamon. Spread about one-third of the nut mixture out over the phyllo dough.

Now, we will cover this with two more sheets of dough, brushing each one with butter. Add another third of the nut and sugar mixture, and cover it again with two sheets of dough. Now add the remaining nut mixture.

Cut the Baklava Into Diamonds

We will cover this with another 10 sheet of phyllo dough. Be sure to brush each one with butter before adding the next.

Brush butter over the top sheet of dough, and then cut the baklava into diamonds. If you have any remaining butter, you can pour this over the baklava now.

Bake the dish at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes until it turns golden brown.

Make the Honey Syrup

While the baklava is baking, we will make a honey syrup that we will pour over it afterward.

In a small saucepan, mix together the honey, water, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Bring these ingredients to a simmer on the stove, and let them cook until they form a syrupy consistency.

Remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool.

Serve the Baklava

When the baklava comes out of the oven, pour the syrup over the dish. Let everything cool before serving.

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