Baklava (Walnut and Honey Pastry)

Baklavá is a very sweet pastry made with phyllo dough and honey. If you traveled Greek or Middle East you must have tried it once!

Ingredients (for 2)

  • 12 sheets phyllo pastry
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 tbsp white sugar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 lemon


  • Preheat oven to 300 °F (150 °C)
  • First off, prepare the pastry: finely ground walnuts and almonds and combine them into a large bowl with nutmeg, 1/3 of sugar and ½ of cinnamon
  • Butter a baking pan and start to place one sheet of phyllo pastry after the other, continuing brushing each sheet of phyllo with butter until you use half of the sheets
  • Sprinkle about ½ or slightly more of the nut and sugar mixture over the phyllo; top the mixture with 2 sheets of phyllo, buttered
  • Continue alternating nut mixture with 2 sheets buttered phyllo until both are used up, ending with phyllo; brush the top with butter
  • With a sharp knife, trim off any excess of phyllo and cut lengthwise through the top layer only, thus creating diamond-shaped pieces
  • Bake for 1 hour or until golden
  • In the mean time, prepare the syrup: in a small saucepan combine the remaining 2/3 of sugar, a slice of lemon, water and a cinnamon stick (if not available use half of the powder in the ingredients)
  • Bring to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Remove from heat, remove the slice of lemon and the cinnamon stick and pour slowly the honey, stirring constantly; let cool
  • Remove the pastry from the oven when done and cut into diamonds with a sharp knife
  • Pour immediately the warm syrup over the hot pastry and let cool before serving!

Tips from the Chef

You can add a layer of finely sliced apple to make an apple Baklava