Transport your taste buds to the ancient lands of the Ottoman Empire with this homemade baklava recipe, a dessert steeped in history and cultural richness.

Layers of delicate phyllo dough, finely chopped mixed nuts, and a tantalizing blend of spices, all soaked in a golden, sweet syrup—this baklava is a treasure trove of flavors and textures.

Homemade Baklava Recipe

Discover the art of crafting this delectable treat with our step-by-step recipe. From the crispness of perfectly layered phyllo to the aromatic blend of cinnamon and cloves within the nut mixture, each step brings you closer to an authentic taste experience.

Homemade Baklava Recipe

Get ready to create a symphony of flavors and a table adorned with a dessert that’s not just a feast for the taste buds, but a piece of ancient culinary artistry.


  • 1 package phyllo dough (thawed if frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups mixed nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)


  1. Prepare the Nuts:
    • In a bowl, combine the chopped nuts, ground cinnamon, and ground cloves. Mix well and set aside.
  2. Prep the Phyllo Dough:
    • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • Unwrap the phyllo dough and cut it to fit the size of your baking dish. Keep the phyllo sheets covered with a slightly damp towel to prevent them from drying out.
  3. Layering the Baklava:
    • Brush the bottom of a baking dish with melted butter. Place a sheet of phyllo dough in the dish and brush it with butter. Repeat this process, layering about 8-10 sheets of phyllo.
    • Sprinkle a handful of the nut mixture over the phyllo layers.
    • Continue layering and buttering phyllo sheets, alternating with layers of nuts, until all the nut mixture is used.
  4. Cutting and Baking*:
    • Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the baklava into diamond or square shapes.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until the baklava turns a golden brown color.
  5. Prepare Syrup:
    • While the baklava is baking, combine the sugar, water, honey, lemon juice, and optional cinnamon stick in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes until it thickens slightly.
  6. Finishing Touches:
    • Once the baklava is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately pour the hot syrup over the hot baklava.
    • Allow the baklava to cool completely before serving, letting it absorb the syrup.

Tips for Perfect Homemade Baklava:

  • Keep the phyllo dough covered with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying out while assembling the baklava.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter between the layers; it helps achieve that flaky, crispy texture.
  • Be patient while pouring the syrup over the baklava; it’s essential that both the baklava and syrup are hot to achieve the perfect texture.

Optional Ingredients:

  • Some variations include adding rose water or orange blossom water to the syrup for a fragrant twist.
  • You can also experiment with different nuts or even add a layer of finely ground pistachios between the phyllo sheets for added flavor and color.

The Best Baking Dish to use for this Baklava Recipe:

For baklava, a common and suitable baking dish to use is a rectangular or square dish that is approximately 9×13 inches (23×33 cm). (See selections below.)

This size allows for layering the phyllo dough and nut mixture effectively while creating a sufficient amount of servings.

It’s essential that the dish has some depth to accommodate the layers of phyllo and nuts along with the syrup.

Additionally, a glass or ceramic baking dish is often recommended as it helps evenly distribute the heat for consistent baking. However, you can use a metal pan as well, depending on what you have available. Just ensure that it’s well-greased to prevent sticking and to achieve that golden, crispy baklava crust.

Adjust the size of the dish if needed but try to maintain the layering and overall structure of the baklava for the best results.

Nutritional Information:

Baklava is a delightful indulgence rich in flavors and cultural heritage.

While it’s not the poster child for low-calorie treats, the experience of savoring each crispy, nutty, honey-drenched bite is an experience to be relished guilt-free from time to time.

Sometimes, the joy of savoring such delightful creations is simply worth it, inviting us to enjoy these culinary treasures in moderation and celebrate life’s simple pleasures.

After all, some indulgences are meant to be enjoyed with abandon.

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Interesting Baklava Tidbits and History:

As you indulge in this delight, impress your guests not only with the melt-in-your-mouth sweetness, but with fascinating tales of baklava’s journey through centuries and cultures. Share the love of this exquisite dessert and savor the history behind each delightful bite.

  • Baklava has a rich history that spans various cultures and civilizations, but its origins are believed to be in the Ottoman Empire, where it was a popular sweet treat.
  • The dessert traveled through the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, and each culture added its own touch, resulting in various versions.
  • The name “baklava” is believed to have been derived from the Mongolian word for “to tie, wrap up” or from the Turkish word for “to pile.”
  • Baklava was often regarded as a food for the wealthy due to its luxurious ingredients like nuts and spices.



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