Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe was given to me years ago by a friend who was known as the "go to person" for desserts at work. It does takes some short cuts & purists may not like that. But it sure does taste good & it is SO much easier than traditional baklava. I prefer this recipe to the ones with honey.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place 1 cup sugar, water,& lemon juice in a pan& bring to boil.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cool.
  4. Lay out phyllo dough, cut in half& trim to fit a 9 by 13" pan.
  5. Place 1/2 of dough in pan.
  6. Combine filling ingredients, and spread over phyllo dough.
  7. Cover with 2nd half of dough.
  8. With a serrated knife, cut into triangles.
  9. Drizzle evenly with melted butter.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for appproximately 30 minutes, till golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven& pour cooled syrup over hot baklava.
Most Helpful

This couldn't have been easier to put together. I used other reviewers' suggestion to divide the phyllo dough into 3 different layers instead of 2. I then divided the filling between the layers. The baklava was delicious and very authentic tasting. If I made it again, I might double the filling as well. It doesn't need it, but it would make it even yummier!

Julie F April 29, 2009

Loves it! I made this today as a gift to send out. I used 2 cups of walnuts and divided the phyllo dough into three parts instead of two. I added Orange Blossom water to the syrup mixture. Delicious! Thank you :)

punkroqsk8rchic August 19, 2009

I had Baklava growing up every Christmas, my uncle made the long, time-consuming, overwhelming recipe. I NEVER thought I would be able to re-create a comparable version and here it is!!! I burn water and I made this and everyone LOVED it!! Yeah. Thank you!

AutumnJane December 24, 2008