Türkish baklava

Layers of super thin and flaky buttered phyllo sheets are filled with nuts and sweetened with baklava syrup to make the best Turkish Baklava. Make it at home with this easy baklava recipe and enjoy a whole pan with your beloved ones.

How much do you know about Turkish food? I’m sure you are familiar with our shish kabob. What about desserts? Are you one of those big fans of Turkish Baklava? Do you sigh whenever you crave for it because you don’t know how to make it at home? Don’t worry! Please read on.

As a Turkish couple, we love to share recipes from our cuisine on the blog from time to time. Hope you love it too!

Where Is Baklava From

Well, this is a very controversial topic and several nations including Turks, Greeks, Arabs, Armenians and Bulgarians claim that they own the origin of baklava. There is no agreement on where it was first made, but it’s obvious that every nation has made its twist on baklava. Since it is the historians’ job to find the reality, I just want to say a few things about Turkish baklava history.

The world-famous baklava dessert, which we always have room for, had a very important place in the Ottoman Empire, especially in the fifteenth century. It is said that the form of baklava changed a lot in the past and it had its current form in Topkapi Palace kitchen in Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire period. Baklava was served at all special occasions like wedding ceremonies, festivals and religious events. It was the dessert of any celebration.

It still keeps its special place in Turkish culture today although sweets like cakes or chocolate is in competition with it.

Making Baklava Dessert

Making Turkish baklava at home is a tradition to celebrate religious events like Eid. Other than this, it’s not really common to make it at home. People prefer to buy it from pastry shops or small baklava shops.

By making baklava, I mean making Authentic Baklava Recipe from scratch. Not everyone has that skill to make baklava leaves at home though. As you can imagine, older ladies don’t leave the job to anyone else. There is at least one lady in each neighborhood who is very good at making baklava and they certainly have more visitors during these religious celebrations.

On the other hand, younger people mostly prefer the easy way of making baklava. With packaged baklava phyllo sheets. Believe it or not, these baklavas come out as good as the authentic ones. There is no doubt it depends on the quality of the ingredients you use. So, try to use the best products when you decide to make this recipe.

What Is Baklava Made With

Although it is a very special Turkish pastry that everyone craves for, it doesn’t require anything fancy. Baklava is made with very simple ingredients:

  • Phyllo sheets (special to baklava)
  • Melted butter
  • Walnuts
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemon wedge

What Is In Baklava Filling

As for the filling, there is a variety of it depending on the region it is made. Although Turkish baklava is well known with its pistachio filling, it’s definitely not limited to it. Maybe because pistachio is not a very cheap product around the country, homemade baklava is mostly made with walnuts. Plus, every region has its own filling.

For example, because pistachio nuts are grown in the south east of Turkey, pistachio baklava is famous there whereas in central Anatolia, the filling is crumbled walnuts. In the west region of the country, it is possible to see baklava with almond filling and in the north, the filling is hazelnuts.

Here in this recipe, I use walnuts in the filling and ground pistachio as garnish on the top because I love them both. What to use for baklava filling is completely up to your taste. You can even use a mixture of all nuts together.

Turkish Baklava Recipe Easy

If you are not making phyllo sheets from scratch, it is really so easy to make baklava using packaged phyllo. What makes it a challenge for most people is the duration of preparing the layers of baklava in baking pan.

This easy baklava recipe has 6 easy parts:

First, make the syrup with water, sugar and a slice of lemon. Let it cool until you prepare and bake your baklava.

Second, trim the phyllo sheets to fit your baking pan.

Third, place the phyllo sheets in the pan, brushing each with melted butter. Sprinkle walnuts after every 5 phyllo sheets. You don’t need to butter the phyllo on which you spread walnuts.

The order is as follows:

  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 5 buttered phyllo sheets. Butter the top.

In total, we have 25 phyllo sheets with 4 layers of walnuts

05/27 BY ZERRIN 7 COMMENTS

EASY TURKISH BAKLAVA RECIPE

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Layers of super thin and flaky buttered phyllo sheets are filled with nuts and sweetened with baklava syrup to make the best Turkish Baklava. Make it at home with this easy baklava recipe and enjoy a whole pan with your beloved ones.

Newly baked Turkish baklava dessert filled with walnuts and topped with pistachio in a baking sheet

How much do you know about Turkish food? I’m sure you are familiar with our shish kabob. What about desserts? Are you one of those big fans of Turkish Baklava? Do you sigh whenever you crave for it because you don’t know how to make it at home? Don’t worry! Please read on.

Related: Lamb Shish Kabob Recipe

As a Turkish couple, we love to share recipes from our cuisine on the blog from time to time. Hope you love it too!close

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Turkish coffee in a traditional Turkish coffee cup, two slices of turkish baklava on a ceramic plate, a baking sheet full of newly made baklava

Where Is Baklava From

Well, this is a very controversial topic and several nations including Turks, Greeks, Arabs, Armenians and Bulgarians claim that they own the origin of baklava. There is no agreement on where it was first made, but it’s obvious that every nation has made its twist on baklava. Since it is the historians’ job to find the reality, I just want to say a few things about Turkish baklava history.

The world-famous baklava dessert, which we always have room for, had a very important place in the Ottoman Empire, especially in the fifteenth century. It is said that the form of baklava changed a lot in the past and it had its current form in Topkapi Palace kitchen in Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire period. Baklava was served at all special occasions like wedding ceremonies, festivals and religious events. It was the dessert of any celebration.

It still keeps its special place in Turkish culture today although sweets like cakes or chocolate is in competition with it.

Woman holding a slice of homemade baklava with walnuts and pistachio

Making Baklava Dessert

Making Turkish baklava at home is a tradition to celebrate religious events like Eid. Other than this, it’s not really common to make it at home. People prefer to buy it from pastry shops or small baklava shops.

By making baklava, I mean making Authentic Baklava Recipe from scratch. Not everyone has that skill to make baklava leaves at home though. As you can imagine, older ladies don’t leave the job to anyone else. There is at least one lady in each neighborhood who is very good at making baklava and they certainly have more visitors during these religious celebrations.

On the other hand, younger people mostly prefer the easy way of making baklava. With packaged baklava phyllo sheets. Believe it or not, these baklavas come out as good as the authentic ones. There is no doubt it depends on the quality of the ingredients you use. So, try to use the best products when you decide to make this recipe.

Turkish baklava ingredients

What Is Baklava Made With

Although it is a very special Turkish pastry that everyone craves for, it doesn’t require anything fancy. Baklava is made with very simple ingredients:

  • Phyllo sheets (special to baklava)
  • Melted butter
  • Walnuts
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Lemon wedge

What Is In Baklava Filling

As for the filling, there is a variety of it depending on the region it is made. Although Turkish baklava is well known with its pistachio filling, it’s definitely not limited to it. Maybe because pistachio is not a very cheap product around the country, homemade baklava is mostly made with walnuts. Plus, every region has its own filling.

For example, because pistachio nuts are grown in the south east of Turkey, pistachio baklava is famous there whereas in central Anatolia, the filling is crumbled walnuts. In the west region of the country, it is possible to see baklava with almond filling and in the north, the filling is hazelnuts.

Here in this recipe, I use walnuts in the filling and ground pistachio as garnish on the top because I love them both. What to use for baklava filling is completely up to your taste. You can even use a mixture of all nuts together.

Turkish Baklava Recipe Easy

If you are not making phyllo sheets from scratch, it is really so easy to make baklava using packaged phyllo. What makes it a challenge for most people is the duration of preparing the layers of baklava in baking pan.

This easy baklava recipe has 6 easy parts:

First, make the syrup with water, sugar and a slice of lemon. Let it cool until you prepare and bake your baklava.

Trimming Baklava leaves
Making baklava with phyllo sheets

Second, trim the phyllo sheets to fit your baking pan.

Third, place the phyllo sheets in the pan, brushing each with melted butter. Sprinkle walnuts after every 5 phyllo sheets. You don’t need to butter the phyllo on which you spread walnuts.

What's in baklava flling
Making easy Turkish baklava recipe

The order is as follows:

  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 4 buttered phyllo sheets, 1 phyllo sheet with no butter, ½ cup walnuts (makes 5 phyllo sheets, 1 layer walnuts)
  • 5 buttered phyllo sheets. Butter the top.

In total, we have 25 phyllo sheets with 4 layers of walnuts.

Spreading butter on phyllo sheets for a classic baklava recipe
Cutting baklava in a baking sheet
How to cut baklava
Pouring baklava syrup with a ladle over newly baked baklava

Fourth, brush the top with melted butter, cut it and bake until golden.

Finally, pour cooled syrup over hot baklava and let it sit until it absorbs the syrup, at least 4-5 hours.

How To Cut Baklava

Traditionally baklava is cut in diamond shapes. It might be a big deal if you have never tried it before, but it is not as hard as you think.

First, cut the raw baklava into vertical strips. Use a sharp knife for this and cut it all the way to the bottom of the pan so that the syrup spreads evenly. Then cut it diagonally to make that diamond shape.

Alternatively, you can just cut it into squares or rectangles. Shape doesn’t matter at all. It is still your super tasty baklava. Right?

Besides shaping baklava by cutting it in different styles, I have seen these bite-sized Baklava Rolls and really want to give them a try next time I make this dessert.

Turkish Baklava Syrup

The ingredients for syrup are water, sugar and a slice of lemon. Combine these in a pot. The ratio here is 2 and ½ cups sugar to 2 cups water. You can just put the lemon slice into the sugar and water combination and heat until it boils. Let it simmer over medium low heat for 15 minutes and cool completely. Lemon gives the consistency needed for the syrup. The best syrup is neither too thick nor too thin.

There is no additional flavorings in Turkish baklava syrup, but there are recipes with rosewater or orange blossom water. So if you want to enrich the syrup, go ahead and use them.

FAQs About Turkish Baklava Dessert

How Long Does Baklava Last?

Keep it covered in a container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks. Don’t store it in the refrigerator, its texture might change as sugar crystalizes and the dessert will lose its moistness.

Can I Freeze It?

Yes, you can freeze it. Bake it, pour the syrup over it and let it cool completely before placing it in the freezer. Keep it in small batches in freezer bags so that you don’t have to thaw all of them at once. Bring it out of the freezer in the refrigerator one day before you serve.

What To Serve With It

We either serve it with Turkish Tea or Turkish coffee, preferably with no sugar added as the dessert itself is already sweet enough.

Related: How To Make Turkish Coffee

Besides tea or coffee, some people love to pair their baklava with Turkish Ice Cream.

Best Baklava In Turkey

The best Turkish pistachios are produced in Gaziantep, which is a city in the south east of the country. So it’s not surprising that the best baklava is found in this city. It is also famous for its baklava masters. The phyllo leaves made by these masters are so thin that you can clearly see the object or person behind it.

If you ever happen to visit Gaziantep, you have to see the Baklava Museum there. You will enjoy watching how the masters make baklava. It is like a live show of making baklava.

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