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Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and those of Central and Southwest Asia.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Turkish
Author: The Cook


  • 75 g almonds, finely chopped
  • 375 g walnuts, finely chopped
  • 500 g filo dough
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • grated rind of two lemons

For the syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater, or vanilla essence
  • juice and grated rind of one lemon


  • Mix almonds, walnuts, bread crumbs cinnamon and sugar. Melt butter and mix with canola oil for brushing the filo sheets.
  • For the first layer lay 4 sheets of filo in a 25cm x 36cm baking pan and brush them one by one with butter-oil. After sprinkle with walnuts-almond-breadcrumb and sugar mix
  • Then every layer two sheets of filo, butter and spread with walnuts-almond mix.
  • Follow the same until all the mix is used. Fold in the sides of filo each time you create a new layer.
  • Place the last 4 sheets of filo on top brush each one with butter-oil. Brush again the last filo with melted butter mixed with tablespoon of warm water.
  • Cut baklava to 24 triangle pieces. Bake 150°C for about one hour and half.

For syrup

  • Boil the water sugar, and the lemon juice for about 8 minutes. Then add the honey and continue boil for two more minutes. Remove from the heat and add rosewater or vanilla.
  • Pour the syrup on the cold baklava and let it absorb the syrup and for at least 4-5 hours before served.


Do not refrigerate, keep it in a cool place in its syrup covered. Last up to 10 days.
Pour hot syrup on cold baklava.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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