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Bakalava for the Holidays Using Land O Lakes Butter!

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Baklava Recipe Land o Lakes SponsoredThe 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.

Land O Lakes Butter #shop

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.

Baklava Instruction Collage #shopHere’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.

Holiday Baklava Recipe #shopThere are about 8 layers to baklava, and in between each layer is a delicious mixture of ground walnuts, cinnamon, sugar, and of course, butter!

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.

Baklava #shopWhen 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!

Bakalava Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Phyllo Dough
  • 4 Cups Walnuts, finely chopped
  • ½ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Land O Lakes Butter, Melted
  • Syrup
  • 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

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. Grind your walnuts and put them in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Add your cinnamon and sugar to the bowl of walnuts and mix all ingredients completely.
  5. Melt your 1 cup of Land O Lakes Butter.
  6. Coat the bottom of a 9x13 pan with the melted butter using a pastry brush.
  7. Lay down two sheets/layers of phyllo dough on the bottom of the pan after it's been buttered.
  8. Brush more melted butter on top of the phyllo dough, until it is entirely coated (lightly).
  9. 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).
  10. add two more sheets/layers of phyllo dough to the top and repeat above buttering and walnut mix steps.
  11. Repeat these steps until you have come a few inches from the top of the pan.
  12. 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.
  13. Put in pre-heated oven for 1 hour.
  14. 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.
  15. After the 15 minutes of boiling, add the honey and boil for 2 minutes.
  16. 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.
  17. Once cool, serve and eat!

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A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

Vanessa

A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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6 Comments

  1. Andrea says:

    My mom and I love baklava! Her birthday is next week… perfect timing! I cannot wait to try this!

    1. Vanessa says:

      Let me know how she likes it! And you too! 🙂

  2. I won’t lie, I never even knew what this was! It looks delicious!! #client

    1. Vanessa says:

      Oh man, baklava is one of my faves.. I never thought I could make it because it looked really hard, but it’s not! 🙂

  3. Bakalava is my favorite! I’m headed over to pin this right now! Came over from the Creative Bloggers Collective!

    1. Vanessa says:

      It’s one of my faves too! Thanks for coming by!!! 🙂

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