Recipe: Walnut Baklava

Last Updated: May 24, 2010, 09:59 AM IST

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is a representative dessert of the Ottoman empire. Try out this interesting variation.


• 4 cups Walnuts (finely chopped)
• ¼ cup Sugar
• 2 tbsp Cinnamon (ground)
• 1 cup Butter (melted)
• 1 package frozen Phyllo Dough (thawed)

For Syrup

• 1 cup Sugar
• ½ cup Water
• ¼ cup Honey
• 1 tsp Lemon Juice
• 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


• Take a mixing bowl and add walnuts, sugar and cinnamon together.
• Grease a baking dish with some melted butter.
• Remove the phyllo dough sheets and separate them.
• Place one sheet of phyllo in the baking dish and brush it with some butter.
• Place another sheet over the first one and brush more butter on it.
• Fold the ends of the sheets underneath, to fit in the dish.
• Spread ¼ cup of the walnut mixture over the sheet.
• Repeat this process by layering two sheets, brushing with butter and sprinkling the walnut mixture.
• Finally, cover the mixture with the remaining dough sheets and give a final brushing of butter.
• Slice the dough into diamonds using a sharp knife.
• Bake the dough till it turns golden brown.
• Place a saucepan over fire and combine sugar, water, honey, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Stir well.
• Boil the contents and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.
• Remove and pour over warm baklava.
• Cool on a wire rack and serve.