Easy Baklava

Inspired by a cooking programme on Nat Geo People, I decided to just do baklava on a whim. Why? Because I had all the ingredients ready!

No measurements because everything was by gut and feel (and what I have at hand).

Ingredients: Phyllo pastry, nuts (pistachio, walnuts), sugar, butter, cinnamon.

I am just so surprised at how easy it is to make baklava at home! It won’t be the same as store bought one, but that’s even better because I can make it less sweet!

First, I processed roughly pistachio and walnuts. And then place them in a bowl, added 1/2 cup sugar, and one tablespoon of powdered cinnamon
Next step is to layer the nut mixture with the phyllo pastry. You have to cut the pastries to fit the size of your tray. I used a Pyrex glass tray. Make sure to generously spread melted butter on each layer of phyllo pastry. Use up all the pastry and the nuts.
Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into squares first before baking.
Bake in a 180 Celcius oven until golden. Once it is out of the oven, pour the cooled syrup all over and let it sit.
If you can see from here, I have been very generous with the nut filling.
You can see this generosity clearer here! 🙂
I actually served this instead of the traditional birthday cake for my niece’s 20th year birthday! 🙂


Phyllo pastry

Melted Butter

Pistacho nuts



Cinnamon Powder

For the Sugar Syrup

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water

1/2 cup honey

2 teaspoon lemon juice

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