Easy Recipe for Lebanese Baklava. Learn how to make best homemade Lebanese Baklava. Baklava is a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dessert made with Phyllo dough (pastry), nuts, butter, and sugar. After baking, a sweet syrup is immediately poured over the pieces allowing the syrup to be absorbed into the layers.
Some baklava contains walnuts. Other variations include pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, or other nuts common to the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
- Phyllo or Filo pastry
- 500 g (18 oz.) finely ground Walnuts
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
- 30 ml (2 tbsp.) Rosewater
- 30 ml (2 tbsp.) Orange flower water
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) butter
- 125 ml (1/2 cup) oil
- 500 ml (2 cups) sugar
- 250 ml (1 cup) water
- A drop of rose water
- A drop of orange flower water
- 1 slice of lemon
- In a bowl, combine the walnuts, sugar, rose and orange flower waters;
- Spread out a sheet of phyllo pastry with the narrow edge facing you;
- Spread some of the mixture over the phyllo, leaving a 2-3 cm (1") border;
- Roll up; cut into 6 pieces; place in a baking dish; continue until the mixture is used up;
- Melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave; brush the baklavas until evenly coated;
- Place in a preheated 125° C (250° F) oven for an hour; increase the temperature to 180° C (350° F) and bake 15 minutes longer.
- During the last stage of baking, combine all the ingredients for the syrup in a saucepan;
- simmer until the sugar has melted and formed a syrup;
- Remove the baklava from the oven, pour the syrup over top and let cool to room temperature.
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