My grammy made the most amazing baklava. Next to her rice pudding, it was one of my favorites! She had always loved her sweets. It was funny walking around where she lived because you could find something cut in half and loads of crumbs on the ground below. She would swear over and over that she did not have whatever it was. (She was a type 2 diabetic.) It was hilarious, to say the least. Gram was very adamant about not having eaten the snack, but it was her. It always was her.
Since she passed, I have been trying more than ever to pass down a piece of her to my kids. On her birthday this year, I attempted making baklava on my own. I had done it only once before with Gram’s watchful eye. I remember her instructions like it was only yesterday.
“Don’t skimp on the butter!”
“Keep your phyllo covered”
“Work fast but don’t rip the sheets”
- 1 16 ounce package phyllo dough
- 1 pound walnuts finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Butter a 9×13 inch pan.
- Mix finely chopped walnuts with cinnamon and set aside.
- Gently unroll phyllo dough and cover phyllo with a dampened cloth to keep from drying out as you work.
- Place two sheets of dough in the baking dish, brush on butter thoroughly. Repeat until you have 8 sheets layered.
- Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top.
- Top with two sheets of dough, brush with butter, top with nuts and repeat until you run out of the nut mixture.
- For the top layer, use 6-8 sheets and butter in between every 2.
- Cut a diamond or square pattern through all of the layers.
- Bake for about 50 minutes; it should be golden and crispy looking.
- When you have 30 minutes left on the baking time, boil sugar and water until sugar is melted.
- Add vanilla and honey. Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove the baking dish from oven and immediately pour the sugar sauce over it evenly.
- Let it cool on the counter.
I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! I’ll admit. I let the kids eat some pieces of baklava before school on a handful of days after making it…but only a half piece.