The Holidays are just around the corner and I could not be more excited! Baking delicious goods has begun, including this amazing baklava using Land O Lakes butter. I picked up some of their stick butter at my local Walmart because well, cooking with butter is ALWAYS better in my opinion. And Land O lakes is top notch, so I couldn’t NOT buy some to use for my recipe.
Baklava has always been something that I bought at food establishments because I never thought it would be very easy to make. The layers upon layers of sweet gooey goodness had me fooled into thinking I could never make such a delicious treat at home. But– I was up to the challenge to try it for myself, and I was SUPER surprised how easy it was to make!
Now, I won’t lie, it is a little time consuming putting all those layers together, but it was NOT hard at all. I promise you that! And, the ingredients are few, simple, and most of them I had on hand, which was convenient.
Here’s a visual to help show you about how many steps to making the baklava there are. I’ll have the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but I wanted to give you something visual to help guide you along your baklava making adventure.
Now, I am not much of a nut person when it comes to dessert, but the walnuts are what really give it that extra crunch. NOM.
When this was baking, you could smell the Land O Lakes Butter baking those layers of phylo dough. I know Baklava is not your traditional holiday baked good, but it should be. It makes a huge pan that you can gift out to your friends and family and still have plenty left over. As a matter of fact, I am taking the rest of what I baked for this post to our women’s Bible study tonight. There is MORE than enough to go around!
So, what are you waiting for? Get to baking some buttery deliciousness!
- 1 lb Phyllo Dough
- 4 Cups Walnuts, finely chopped
- ½ Cup Sugar
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Land O Lakes Butter, Melted
- 1 2-inch Section of Lemon peel
- 1 2-inch section of Orange Peel
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- ¾ Cup water
- ½ Cup Sugar
- ¾ Cup Real Honey
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Take your phyllo dough, lay it out on a flat surface and cover with a damp kitchen towel. This is very important so your dough does not dry out.
- Grind your walnuts and put them in a small mixing bowl.
- Add your cinnamon and sugar to the bowl of walnuts and mix all ingredients completely.
- Melt your 1 cup of Land O Lakes Butter.
- Coat the bottom of a 9x13 pan with the melted butter using a pastry brush.
- Lay down two sheets/layers of phyllo dough on the bottom of the pan after it's been buttered.
- Brush more melted butter on top of the phyllo dough, until it is entirely coated (lightly).
- sprinkle walnut/sugar/cinnamon mix over buttered phyllo dough. This does not have to be thickly covered as you will be doing this several times (see above photo collage for visual reference).
- add two more sheets/layers of phyllo dough to the top and repeat above buttering and walnut mix steps.
- Repeat these steps until you have come a few inches from the top of the pan.
- Using a very sharp knife, cut your UNBAKED baklava into triangle shapes, using the above visual collage for reference. Make sure you cut through every layer and that your knife is SHARP.
- Put in pre-heated oven for 1 hour.
- About 30 minutes into your baklava baking, in a small saucepan, add all ingredients for your syrup EXCEPT the honey and boil on medium/high heat for 15 minutes.
- After the 15 minutes of boiling, add the honey and boil for 2 minutes.
- Once the baklava has come out of the oven, pour your Syrup over the entire pan of baklava and let rest to allow the syrup to absorb into each piece.
- Once cool, serve and eat!