Baklava

Happy National Baklava Day! If there ever was a dessert worthy of it’s own day, I’d say baklava was it. I’d never had the pleasure of trying it before moving here to the Eastern Shore. I’ve made mention before how our little island has quite a few Greek families that live and operate restaurants here. Jon worked in one of them growing up  (Famous Pizza for you locals), so baklava was a favorite for him at a young age. He introduced it to me, and it quickly became one of my favorite as well!

Tender, crunchy, golden brown layers of phyllo dough encasing layers of finely chopped spiced nuts and brown sugar, all enrobed in honey. It’s pretty much as close as one can get to perfection in a baking dish. I can’t believe it took me this long to get around to making it in my kitchen. I was afraid it would be super time consuming or tedious, neither of which it was. Took all of about 15 minutes to assemble, and the results were in-sane…

I used a mixture of the traditional walnuts and pistachios for a little depth of flavor. I also added a few slices of lemon to the honey syrup. Jon said he remembered Rula (the owner) putting lemon in her syrup when she made baklava at the pizza shop, and thought that sounded like a great touch.

I actually need to make another batch soon, the poor folks at Jon’s work didn’t even get to enjoy any! That’s how we know something is really good, when leftovers don’t make it into the office. If you’ve never made baklava, or worse – never even tried it, do yourself a favor and make this soon!

Source: adapted from TheKitchn and Famous Pizza on Chincoteague Island, VA.

3 Comments

  1. Posted November 17, 2014 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

    GORGEOUS baklava! I have also been too intimidated to make this, but it doesn’t sound too difficult at all. Since you’re going to make a second pan, why not make a 3rd and just send it to me? 🙂

  2. Posted November 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

    Oh my Greek happiness! We just had a local Greek bake fest and I didn’t get the chance to go like I normally do. This looks just like what the little Greek ladies make that sale it there. Serious deliciousness!!

  3. Miriam
    Posted April 4, 2015 at 12:51 AM | Permalink

    I’ve looking for Baklava’s recepy, will try making this! Thank you!

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