Honey Baklava is a Greek classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack.

An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!

Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!

What a lovely sweet treat this is! If you've never tried Baklava before, then you must!

I first came across baklava whilst on holiday in Greece many many years ago.

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They were selling these little pieces of what looked like sticky shapes of pastry on the street.

Displayed in huge long baking trays, you could buy a variety of pieces, and the stall seller would pop whatever you chose into a small box, and off you would go, take them home and enjoy them with a cup of tea.

There are a lot of variations of baklava, with different nuts, some with chocolate, some with rose water, some with different dried fruits.

For this recipe, we're making a classic, traditional version of baklava, traditional to the Mediterranean regions.

It's a very sweet dessert, and the slices need only be around 1 inch wide. Of course you may want to eat more than 1 piece at a time, but be warned, they are sweet!

What is Baklava?

Baklava is a layered pastry dessert, made up of phyllo or filo pastry, which is very thin, then filled with chopped nuts and a sweet honey syrup.


Baklava can often be found in the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Iran, and some Mediterranean countries.

The recipe varies from place to place, generally using different spices and nuts, most likely common for those parts of the area.

Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!

Our Lovefoodies Cook - Along Workshop

I haven't really made any reference in any of my posts to the current situation our whole world is in, but like most of us, we've been in lockdown, meaning we have had to stay at home to stay safe.

That has meant we've had to do things a little differently.

So the week before Christmas, Lovefoodies decided to do an online live video workshop with a small group of foodie friends, and this honey baklava was top of the list for votes in what we would make.

It was fun being able to watch and follow along with everyone in their kitchens as we made this recipe, step by step, and all at the same time.

The photos below are some of the creations posted once baked, and you will see they're all a little different, some used different nuts and some had different shaped pans and so on. None of that matters! So long as everyone enjoyed the recipe and enjoyed eating the baklava.

So these are some of the photos I want to share with you from our workshop so you can see how everyone made the recipe their own!

Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!
Sam's baklava, can you see it's packed with nuts in between the cuts?

Reports were that none of the bakes lasted the following day, and even the young ones (who didn't like nuts) polished off the entire trays!

Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!
Ross has sprinkled some flaked almonds on his!
Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!
Sheila's baklava straight from the oven before adding syrup
Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!
Looks like Ruth has added some chopped walnuts too!
Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!
Some more chopped nuts and syrup drizzled over on Donna's baklava.

So anyway, the photos are to demonstrate this is a really easy recipe, and you can make it at home.

It does take some patience to layer the pastry, but it doesn't take long and it isn't hard at all.

So please enjoy the recipe and perhaps you'll have a bake along with your friends via video too!

Prep Time

25 Minutes

Cook Time

25-30 Minutes

Serves

24

Ingredients

3 1/2 oz or 100 g pistachios
3 1/2 oz or 100 g walnuts
3 1/2 oz or 100 g almonds
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
7 oz or 200 g butter
10 oz or 540g packet (24 sheets) of (phyllo) filo pastry

The Spiced Honey Syrup

3/4 cup or 150 g sugar
3 Tablespoons Greek honey
1 cinnamon stick
2 peelings of orange zest
2/3 cup or 150ml water

Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F, 180C. Grease a 9-inch x 13 inch or 22cm x 33cm shallow baking pan.

In a medium saucepan, add all the syrup ingredients under medium heat and allow to simmer slowly for about 15 minutes.

Stir and leave to cool.

(You need the syrup to be cool so we suggest you make this before you start assembling the baklava)

Easy Honey Baklava, making syrup

Using a food processor, grind the nuts until coarse. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

TIP

If you don't have a food processor, place all the nuts in a sealed bag, and using a rolling pin or bottom of a heavy glass, lightly bash the nuts until coarse.

Add the ground cinnamon and ground cloves to the nuts and combine well.

Carefully remove packaging from Filo pastry and unfold.

Using a damp tea bowl (I run a clean tea towel under the tap and wring the water out), cover the filo pastry until ready to use.

This will stop the pastry from drying out and cracking.

Add the butter to a bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted.

Place the first layer of filo pastry in the bottom of the pan.

Then brush the layer with melted butter.

Easy Honey Baklava, brush with butter

Continue to do this until you have 4 layers of pastry with melted butter in between.

TIP

If the pastry is not the same size, you can cut it or just fold it over to fit.

As you can see from my photo below, I just let it overhang slightly, I don't mind the crispy pastry on the edges!

Easy Honey Baklava, showing layers
  • After the 4th layer of pastry, sprinkle HALF of the nut mixture on top, making sure it has an even spread.
Easy Honey Baklava, adding nut layer

Add 4 more layers of filo pastry, again with butter in between each layer.

Add the remaining nuts.

Easy Honey Baklava, nut layer

Add the remaining 4 layers of filo, again, brushing each one with melted butter. Then any remaining butter, pour over the final top layer of pastry.

Using a sharp knife, cut right through to the bottom of the filo in 1 inch long strips, into a diamond pattern, so cutting diagonally,

Easy Honey Baklava, how to cut
Easy Honey Baklava, how to cut

then turning the pan 90 degrees and cutting diagonal again.

Easy Honey Baklava, how to cut

Keep cutting through until you have diamond shapes all the way across

Easy Honey Baklava, how to cut

Feel free to sprinkle some more nuts on the top if you wish

Easy Honey Baklava, final layer

Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.

Easy Honey Baklava, baking

If the baklava looks like it is browning too fast, turn the temperature down to 325F, 170C.

When done, remove the baklava from the oven, and keeping it in the tray, spoon half of the cooled syrup over the top.

Easy Honey Baklava, adding syrup

Allow to soak in for 5 minutes and then spoon over the remaining syrup.

Allow the baklava to completely cool.

Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!

Once cooled, you can use a round-bladed knife and remove individual pieces of baklava from the baking pan.

These will store in an air-tight container for a couple of days.

Note: the pastry will eventually lose its crispness so it's best to eat them really fresh!

If you like Greek dessert recipes, try this Greek Custard Pie with phyllo pastry. So delicious!

Be sure you check out our other delicious recipes on how to make your own pastry. Really easy instructions so anyone can make their own!

Recipe Card

Easy Honey Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!

Easy Honey Baklava

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Baklava is a Middle Eastern classic sweet treat, filled with a variety of nuts, honey, citrus, and spices, between layers of crunchy phyllo pastry. Ideal for serving at parties, or to have as a snack. An easy and simple recipe for the best baklava!

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 oz or 100 g pistachios
  • 3 1/2 oz or 100 g walnuts
  • 3 1/2 oz or 100 g almonds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 7 oz or 200 g butter
  • 10 oz or 540g packet (24 sheets) of (phyllo) filo pastry

The Honey Syrup

  • 3/4 cup or 150 g sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Greek honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 peelings of orange zest
  • 2/3 cup or 150ml water

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F, 180C. Grease a 9-inch x 13 inch or 22cm x 33cm shallow baking pan.

2. In a medium saucepan, add all the syrup ingredients under medium heat and allow to simmer slowly for about 15 minutes. Stir and leave to cool. (You need the syrup to be cool so we suggest you make this before you start assembling the baklava)

3. Using a food processor, grind the nuts until coarse. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
* If you don't have a food processor, place all the nuts in a sealed bag, and using a rolling pin or bottom of a heavy glass, lightly bash the nuts until coarse.

4. Add the ground cinnamon and ground cloves to the nuts and combine well.

5. Carefully remove packaging from Filo pastry and unfold. Using a damp tea bowl (I run a clean tea towel under the tap and wring the water out), cover the filo pastry until ready to use. This will stop the pastry from drying out and cracking.

6. Add the butter to a bowl and microwave at 30-second intervals until melted.

7. Place the first layer of filo pastry in the bottom of the pan. If the pastry is not the same size, you can cut it or just fold it over to fit. Then brush the layer with melted butter. Continue to do this until you have 4 layers of pastry with melted butter in between.

8. After the 4th layer of pastry, sprinkle HALF of the nut mixture on top, making sure it has an even spread.

9. Add 4 more layers of filo pastry, again with butter in between each layer.

10. Add the remaining nuts.

11. Add the remaining 4 layers of filo, again, brushing each one with melted butter. Then any remaining butter, pour over the final top layer of pastry.

12. Using a sharp knife, cut right through to the bottom of the filo in 1 inch long strips, into a diamond pattern, so cutting diagonally, then turning the pan 90 degrees and cutting diagonal again.

13. Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
If the baklava looks like it is browning too fast, turn the temperature down to 325F, 170C.

14. When done, remove the baklava from the oven, and keeping it in the tray, spoon half of the cooled syrup over the top. Allow to soak in for 5 minutes and then spoon over the remaining syrup.

15. Allow the baklava to completely cool.
Once cooled, you can use a round-bladed knife and remove individual pieces of baklava from the baking pan.

These will store in an air-tight container for a couple of days. Note: the pastry will eventually lose its crispness so it's best to eat them really fresh!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 265Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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