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Easy Baklava Recipe

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Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
You’re going to love my family’s Traditional Baklava Recipe! Flaky sheets of phyllo dough layered with walnuts and topped with a sweet, lemony simple syrup.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Balkans, Macedonian
Servings: 30 pieces
Calories: 253


For the Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For the Baklava

  • 4 cups walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 ounces phyllo dough (about 40 pieces), thawed according to directions on the package


  • Make the Simple Syrup first; combine water, sugar, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Set saucepan over medium-high heat and bring mixture to a simmer; simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Continue to simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat; set aside and let cool down completely.
  • Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  • In a large bowl combine chopped walnuts, sugar, lemon zest, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Brush the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan with some of the melted butter. Unroll phyllo sheets; as you work with the phyllo sheets, keep the stack covered with a damp paper towel so they don’t dry out while you’re working. You can also use plastic wrap to cover the stack. *IF your phyllo sheets are too large for the pan, use a sharp knife to cut them so that they will fit in your pan. Arrange 10 layers of phyllo sheets into the prepared baking pan, one sheet at a time, brushing EACH SHEET with butter before adding the next. (So, layer 1 sheet, brush with butter, then layer the next, brush with butter, and so on…). Sprinkle about ¾ cups of the walnut mixture over the phyllo. Continue to layer 5 more phyllo sheets, brushing each sheet with butter before adding the next. Sprinkle with a layer of ¾ cup walnut mixture. Repeat this 4 more times. Finish the baklava with a layer of 10 phyllo sheets and brush the top with more butter.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the pan. You can cut it into 4 long rows, and then cut diagonally to make diamond shapes, or straight across to make square shapes.
  • Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour, or until top of Baklava is golden and crisp. Remove from oven and pour cooled syrup evenly over the entire Baklava. Let the Baklava cool completely in a dry and cool place. For best results, let Baklava sit overnight. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Baklava Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 128mg5%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 192IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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