Cheesecake Baklava

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 2hrs 10mins
SERVES: 12-16




  • Position rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 350°F.
  • Beat cream cheese in large bowl of mixer until light and fluffy; gradually mix in honey, lemon juice and vanilla; on low speed, add eggs, one at a time, beating until each has been incorporated before adding next.
  • Brush 10 inch springform pan generously with melted butter.
  • Take 1 sheet of phyllo pastry with long end facing you (cover the remainder with a sheet of wax paper and a dampened kitchen towel) and brush half of sheet with melted butter; fold over unbuttered half to turn the rectangle into a square shape; brush top of phyllo with butter and place in springform pan, buttered side up, leaving a 5 inch overhang on one end; cover pan with a dampened towel; repeat with phyllo 4 more times (using 5 sheets); wrap remaining phyllo in plastic and refrigerate; stir through cheesecake filling and pour into crust; cover filling with pastry overhang; bake until pastry is light brown and cake is firm to the touch, about 50 minutes; let cool for 20 minutes and carefully remove pan sides and cool completely; refrigerate 2 days to mellow flavours (keep cake covered after the first day).
  • For Topping: Preheat oven to 350F; cover baking sheet with 2 sheets of parchment; coarsely grind nuts with 1 tblsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • Stack 10 reserved phyllo pastry sheets on work surface; set rim of 10 inch springform pan atop pastry; cut around outside of rim through entire stack of phyllo, making 10 pastry rounds; cover with damp towel; set pan rim on prepared baking sheet; brush parchment and inside of pan rim with butter; place 1 pastry round in pan rim and brush with butter; repeat with 4 more rounds; spread nut mixture evenly over pastry; top with remaining 5 rounds, brushing each with butter; cut pastry into 16 wedges with sharp knife (this is important as phyllo bakes up very crisp and would shatter if you tried to cut it fully baked); sprinkle lightly with water; bake until crisp and golden, about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1/3 cup sugar, water and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan over low heat, swirling pan occasionally until sugar dissolves; add cinnamon stick, increase heat and boil until syrupy, about 4 minutes; remove from heat; when bubbles subside, stir in brandy.
  • Set baked pastry on cake, using a large spatula; recut wedges gently; replace pan rim on cake; pour hot syrup over; cool 1 hour; refrigerate for 1-6 hours; let cake stand at room temperature atleast 20 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy the fruit of your labours!