Gretchen's Baklava

Recipe by FeedMePlz
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 35-45




  • You should make baklava at least 24 hours ahead of time -- a week is best. The longer you let the Baklava sit, the better it gets.
  • After you have everything gathered and the nut mixture done, you can assemble the baklava in about 45 minutes -- the time before you need to start working on the syrup for the batch in the oven. Use those darn corner and funky shaped edge pieces to test how it's doing or as your private reward!
  • Remember that the frozen phyllo dough needs to thaw in the refrigerator for around 6 hours. If you thaw it at room temperature, the individual sheets of phyllo dough will stick together. Once you open the phyllo dough you will want to keep working. Half sheets work better. You can melt all of the butter and keep it in a crock pot on low so you don't have to melt butter as you go.
  • Preheat the oven to 300°F
  • Combine and set aside walnuts, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the bottom and sides of a Jelly Roll Pan (15.5" x 10.5" x 1") with melted butter.
  • Open the phyllo dough and layer 6 whole leafs (or 12 half leafs) in the pan, buttering each layer as you go. (The edges will extend over the side.)
  • Spread 1 cup of the walnut mixture.
  • Cut the remaining phyllo dough in half.
  • Layer 8 half sheets -- butter each layer. Each sheet will be an inch or so short, so stagger the sheets from corner to corner to cover the whole pan.
  • Spread 1 cup of the walnut mixture.
  • Repeat 8 sheets and walnut mixture twice. You will end up with 4 layers of nuts.
  • Layer the remaining half sheets on top -- butter each layer.
  • Brush the top with the remaining butter.
  • Trim the edges off.
  • Cut halfway through the layers using the pattern shown. (Note: Do NOT cut from corner to corner.) This is done now since it will be very fragile after it's been baked.
  • Bake 1 hour or until golden brown.
  • 15 minutes before the baklava should be done, mix 1 cup sugar, water, and lemon juice in a sauce pan.
  • Cook sauce over a medium heat, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add the honey and vanilla, and stir until well blended.
  • Remove the baklava from the oven and finish cutting through the layers.
  • Pour the sauce over the hot baklava.
  • Cool. Let it sit for at least 24 hours (lightly covered -- but not in the refrigerator) -- longer if you can stand it!
  • A nice way to serve individual pieces is to put each one into a muffin cup that has been partially flattened.