Traditional Greek Baklava Recipe


Baklava is one of those recipes that’s incredibly simple to make and yields impressive results. This specific recipe takes a more Greek approach and is slightly different from the Turkish version.

Prep Time: 30 Min

Walnut Filling – Phyllo dough thawed – Walnuts chopped – Cinnamon – Cloves ground – Sugar – Butter melted and cooled Spiced Syrup – Honey – Sugar – Orange Rind – Cinnamon Sticks – Water

Cook Time: 1 hr


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Spiced Syrup


In a large pot, combine, sugar, water, and honey. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Once boiling, add in orange rind and cinnamon sticks. Cook on medium heat until reduced. Set aside to cool.



In a food processor, pulse together the walnuts, sugar, and spices. Brush the bottom and sides of a baking pan with melted butter.

Make the Base


Cut the phyllo dough to fit the pan and cover the top and bottom in a damp paper towel. Preheat the oven to 350. Layer sheets down, coat with butter using a pastry brush, and repeat until half the dough is used.



Pour on 1/2 of the nut mixture. Repeat layering dough and butter about three sheets deep with the remaining nut mixture, cover with the rest of the dough, then layer butter and sheets until completed.

Prepare to Bake


Butter the top layer of the dough. Then, cut a diamond shape into the layers, making sure not to cut all the way through. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Prescribed rising times


Once golden brown and flakey, pour the syrup over the baklava, making sure to cover in syrup as evenly as possible. Let rest 12 to 24 hours.

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