Posted by: the Balkan genetic | April 17, 2010

Baklave with a little love

There is a pastry sweet that is shared by all the a Balkan countries, it is called a ‘baklave‘. A Baklave is made with pastry and in between the pastry is chopped nuts, sweetened with syrup or honey.

Baklave is a cuisine that was brought through by the Ottoman Empire, during their ruling in 1299 to 1922. It was at their time of invasion on the Balkan region that the Baklave was introduced to the Balkan people.

Here is a guide to making your wok homemade Baklave.


  • 1 pound frozen phyllo sheets
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups finely chopped walnuts or blanched almonds.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup suger
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Cooking directions:

Firstly make sure that you keep the pastry not being used covered with a clean damp dish towel to keep it from drying out.

  1. take the Thaw phyllo pastry and separate them.
  2. Place half a the sheets in a greased 15×10×1 inch baking pan, one after the other. Brushing each sheet quickly and all over with melted butter.
  3. combine nuts 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Than sprinkle over buttered pastry.
  4. place remaining sheets on top. Brushing each with melted butter.
  5. cut the baklave pastry into 2-inch diamonds.
  6. bake at 400 degrees until it is brown and crisp.
  7. bake for about 30 to 35 minutes.
  8. now, take a saucepan, combine remaining 3/4 cup sugar, honey, 1 cup water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
  9. cool the syrup for abit and than pour it over the baklave.

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