How to make the perfect baklava - New York News

How to make the perfect baklava

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Get this recipe courtesy of Louise Wibbelman and her daughter Anna.

You can sample eats like this during Opa! Fest, metro Detroit's largest celebration of Hellenic culture and cuisine. Learn more about the festivities happening June 21-23 at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy at www.opafest.com.

Ingredients

For the Baklava:
1 pound walnuts, coarsely ground
1/2 cup sugar
1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon, to taste
4 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 package phyllo dough (thawed, if frozen), cut in half (Note: cover phyllo with damp paper towel to prevent drying)

For the syrup:
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 6-8 oz. jar of honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the chopped walnuts, cinnamon and sugar.

Using a 9-by-13-inch baking dish coat bottom and sides with butter, spread with fingers or a paper towel. Using two sheets of phyllo at a time, layer and lightly drizzle with butter each layer until 10 pieces of phyllo fill the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle a quarter of the nut mixture evenly over the dough. Using another two sheets of phyllo at a time, layer 4 sheets of phyllo on top of the nut mixture, drizzling each consecutive layer with butter then sprinkle with another quarter of the nut mixture. Repeat process of layering two sheets phyllo, butter and nut mixture as above three more times.

For the top: Again, using two sheets of phyllo at a time, layer and drizzle each top layer with butter until 10 sheets of phyllo are used. Drizzle the top with extra butter. With a serrated knife, cut into the baklava to make strips, about 1 1/2 inches wide. Then, slice on the diagonal, about 1 1/2 inches apart, to create the traditional diamond pattern. Bake until golden brown, about 1 hour.

For the syrup: Bring the sugar, honey and 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and boil 2 more minutes, then let cool on the top of the stove until baklava is done.

Pour the syrup over the war baklava; let syrup soak into the baklava, uncovered, at least 6 hours or overnight.

  • Recipe CollectionMore>>

  • Healthy Greek yogurt recipes

    Healthy Greek yogurt recipes

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:42:18 GMT
    These recipes come from Lisa Howard, author of the cookbook Healthier Gluten-Free.
    These recipes come from Lisa Howard, author of the cookbook Healthier Gluten-Free.
  • Coffee red chile braised beef short ribs from Harry's Detroit

    Coffee red chile braised beef short ribs from Harry's Detroit

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:25:44 GMT
    This recipe for coffee red chile braised beef short ribs comes courtesy of Chef Jim Lamb at Harry's Detroit.
    This recipe for coffee red chile braised beef short ribs comes courtesy of Chef Jim Lamb at Harry's Detroit.
  • The Big Grill Burger Bash Friday, August 22

    The Big Grill Burger Bash Friday, August 22

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:33:39 GMT
    The Big Grill Burger Bash is at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market on Friday, August 22. The recipe comes courtesy of Derek Murray from Blackbird Bistro in Rochester.
    The Big Grill Burger Bash is at the Royal Oak Farmer's Market on Friday, August 22. The recipe comes courtesy of Derek Murray from Blackbird Bistro in Rochester.
  • MorningsMorningsMore>>

  • Healthy Greek yogurt recipes

    Healthy Greek yogurt recipes

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:42:18 GMT
    These recipes come from Lisa Howard, author of the cookbook Healthier Gluten-Free.
    These recipes come from Lisa Howard, author of the cookbook Healthier Gluten-Free.
  • 7th Annual Patriot Golf Day shootout

    7th Annual Patriot Golf Day shootout

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:36:16 GMT
    Fox 2 News Morning LogoFox 2 News Morning Logo
    The Patriot Golf Day Shootout raises funds for those who have devoted their lives to our country.
    The Patriot Golf Day Shootout raises funds for those who have devoted their lives to our country.
  • Coffee red chile braised beef short ribs from Harry's Detroit

    Coffee red chile braised beef short ribs from Harry's Detroit

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:25:44 GMT
    This recipe for coffee red chile braised beef short ribs comes courtesy of Chef Jim Lamb at Harry's Detroit.
    This recipe for coffee red chile braised beef short ribs comes courtesy of Chef Jim Lamb at Harry's Detroit.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices