How to Make Baklava | Easy Turkish Recipes
How to Make Baklava
Baklava is a traditional Mediterranean dessert.You have probably bought it or tasted it, but have you ever tried making it? It's best fresh.
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
1 stick cinnamon
1 wedge lemon
One pound phyllo (also spelled "filo") dough
1 1/2 pounds of real butter (not unsalted)
8-9 cups of walnuts, chopped coarsely and mixed with a little ground cinnamon and sugar
Make the syrup a day ahead, so it will be room temperature the day you bake the baklava.You should pour cool syrup over the hot baklava. Simmer the sugar, water, cinnamon and lemon for 30 minutes. Pour it into a jar and let it sit overnight.
Melt the butter over low heat and keep it warm throughout the process.Use a pastry brush to grease the bottom and sides of the pan.
Brush each sheet of phyllo with butter just before you add it to the pan.This is what makes the phyllo come out crispy and flaky.
Lay 6 or 7 sheets of the buttered phyllo on the bottom of the pan.On the 7th sheet, sprinkle the sweetened, not too finely chopped nuts. Sprinkle generously, but don't overdo it.
Lay two more sheets of buttered phyllo over the nuts.Sprinkle another layer of nuts. Keep going in this way, nuts, phyllo, more nuts.
When you're out of nuts, top with a final 6-7 more sheets of buttered phyllo, and no more nuts on top.
Heat the butter very warm and drizzle a little more over the entire pan.
Before baking, cut the baklava into triangles.Cut first into squares or rectangles, then cut across them diagonally. Insert a clove into each triangle to help hold it together.
Bake in a 325ºF oven for about 30-35 minutes, until slightly browned.Be careful not to burn it.
Take it out of the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes, then pour the syrup over the whole thing.Try to cover the whole top, but if it is too much syrup, don’t use it all. If you use these measurements, for the syrup, you can probably use all of it.
QuestionCan baklava be frozen?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. To freeze, wrap the tin of baklava tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap and a double layer of foil. Freeze for up to 3 months and thaw at room temperature for 4-5 hours or overnight in the fridge.Thanks!
QuestionWhere do I buy the phyllo?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAlmost any supermarket, or Walmart or Shoprite, should have it. It's usually kept in the frozen section near the pie crusts.Thanks!
QuestionAt what step does one use the whole cloves?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou begin with the bottom row, and use like 4-5 cloves to make the basic start. Then you put rows of nuts, then cloves again, but this time you use two every time you begin a new coat until your baking tin is full. After that, you'll make a 'serbe' or 'agda', which is the sauce for baklava. It's made out of sugar and lemon. You will moisturize the cloves and fill up the tin.Thanks!
QuestionWhat temperature is baklava baked at?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBaklava is baked at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, until it is slightly browned.Thanks!
QuestionWhere does baklava come from?Community AnswerBaklava originated in the Ottoman Empire. Some of the modern countries that evolved out of the Ottoman Empire are Turkey, Greece, Albania, and Bulgaria. The dessert is said to come from the Middle East and Caucasus.Thanks!
QuestionIf freezing ahead of time, should it be baked or just assembled?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should only assemble baklava if you plan on freezing it ahead of time, wait until you're going to eat it to bake it.Thanks!
QuestionHow long should the baklava sit in the syrup before I can place it into the tins?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should let the pastry sit for about 5 minutes before placing it into any tins.Thanks!
- Some baklava recipes use honey for part of the syrup.
- The syrup may be made just prior to making the baklava; however, it should be kept in the freezer to cool while the baklava is being prepared. Make sure to put towels under the pan before placing the hot pan on the freezer racks and check the pan a couple times to ensure the syrup does not harden. When the hot baklava comes out of the oven, immediately pour the cooled syrup over each crevice and scored section of baklava. The more syrup, the easier the baklava is to handle too, especially when each scored crevice is soaked in it. You may want to double the syrup recipe.
- If you aren't eating this immediately or you would like to make it in advance, cover the whole, unbaked pan with plastic, as airtight as possible, and freeze it. Store the syrup separately. Allow extra baking time.
- Purchase the phyllo. It takes a lot of skill and table space to make it and roll it that thin.
- Best results with the filling will be with cinnamon, walnut, and sugar only.Butter every other sheet of phyllo, to make the rise of the pastry look authentic.
- You may prefer not to sweeten the nuts with sugar, since the syrup is very sweet. You may also want to try variation in the coarseness of the nuts. Some older people prefer the nuts almost ground; others prefer the nuts almost whole---make two pans!
- To save on calories, you may use a butter spray on each layer but the baklava will not be as rich or hold together as well.
- Leftover baklava that is already baked is still good to eat, but the phyllo does not stay flaky.
- Baklava is attractive and a bit neater to eat if served in a small, foil cupcake liner.
- Eat baklava with your fingers, but have napkins nearby and a plate underneath.
- Pronounce phyllo asFY-loh and baklava as bah-kl ah-VAH.
- Some authentic recipes call for rose water in the sweeten honey sauce.
- Some recipes omit the cinnamon and use 2 tablespoon (29.6 ml) lemon juice and 1 tsp orange oil to flavor the syrup.
- Keep a slightly damp dishcloth spread over the unbuttered phyllo dough stack- this keeps it from drying out and is easier to handle with our breaking.
- Allow plenty of time for preparation and cleanup, especially if you are new at handling phyllo. This recipe will take some practice and patience to master, but it is well worth it.
- Knives are sharp. Always use a sharp knife as dull knives make the worst cuts
- Ovens and the things just coming out of them are hot.
Things You'll Need
A pastry brush
A baking pan, ideally one the same size as the phyllo. 17" x 9" is a good size.
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