It's time to make your friends and family (& your sweet tooth) very happy with some delicious homemade baklava! Preparing baklava is very time-consuming and requires a little bit of patience (you will be working with many filo dough layers). We always bake baklava on the weekend because it does take over an hour to prepare and bake. While it took Eva about 50 minutes to prepare it before baking, keep in mind that it may take someone with less experience more time. However long it takes you, I promise the end result will be worth it!
Eva has picked up the tradition of baking baklava around the holidays along with her other christmas cookies. Baklava has a very rich and sweet taste, and of course is high in sugar and crisco, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in this yummy treat on special occasions. Of course you can buy pre-made baklava but I know from experience that homemade baklava tastes so much better!
Prep time: 50 minutes to an hour
Cooking time: 45-50 minutes
1. Melt crisco in a pot on the stove on medium heat. You can also melt it in the microwave with a measuring cup (your preference).
2. Put your walnuts in a food processor and grind until fine and add to a separate bowl (also your preference, you can have it so fine that it’s like dust, or you can have it crunchier).
3. Add a half a cup of sugar (used to bind walnuts together while baking) and 2 tablespoons of rose water to walnuts and mix it all together and set aside
4. For your bottom layer of baklava:
5. Add walnut mixture and spread evenly onto filo dough layer (amount added is your preference). We used all of our mixture in this size baking sheet. Pat down the mix with your hands or a spatula
6. Dip your brush into crisco and drizzle it over walnuts to give it a base for your top level
7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
8. Add a sheet of filo dough over mixture.
9. You can cut your baklava however you'd like. Here is how Eva does it:
11. Remove your baklava from the oven and immediately pour atyr over it with a large deep spoon, Eva pours it down each row
Let it cool and enjoy!
For the holidays Eva likes to put the baklava pieces in festive cupcake holders and add them to cookie platters for family and friends!