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Are you a Baklava fan? I know I am!  What’s not to love with honey-soaked layers of flaky phyllo dough with nuts. A great make ahead  dessert for entertaining.


2 cups of chopped nuts ( pistachio, walnuts or almonds)

¼ cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 package phyllo dough, thawed

2 sticks butter, melted


1 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

½ cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cinnamon stick ( optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Chop nuts into small pieces or process in a food processor

Into a bowl, combine nuts, sugar and cinnamon.

Brush a square baking pan with melted butter. Layer 7 pieces of phyllo dough into the pan, brushing each piece with melted butter before adding next (keep remaining dough covered with damp cloth). Sprinkle ¼ of the nut mixture on top of dough.

Layer another 4 sheets of phyllo, brushing each with butter, then add another ¼ of the nut mixture. Repeat process until all the nut mixture has been used. The top layer should be 7 phyllo sheets thick, each sheet individually buttered.

Score the top lightly in a diamond pattern. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Pour syrup on top and cool before cutting.

To make syrup: Bring sugar, water, honey, vanilla and cinnamon stick to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove cinnamon stick and cool.


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