This is so great Jamie–I can’t wait for you to try this and taste how wonderfully this method works! How special Jenny–thank you so much for sharing! They were shocked; I took a bow. Thank you for making your baklawa look so easy! What happened was this: the baklawa was just as delicious as if she had buttered every layer. Pam, the orange blossom water is so crucial to the flavor here! Emjoy…. chopped walnuts or pistachio nuts 1/3 c. sugar 1 tbsp. Your email address will not be published. It is so easy to make nowadays that I will probably make it every month and binge on it! This is essential so that the butter will seep through all layers. Directions: Make the syrup: For the Greek variety: Mix water, sugar, honey, cinnamon and orange peel in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let us know! I love the stories around your family’s baklawa cooking that you shared with us. Yesterday, December 30th, 2017, I followed your instruction and made baklawa by myself for the first time ever and it is amazing. Funny that store does not exist anymore and we are fortunate we can buy it at the grocery store. Use this recipe as-is, or as a jumping off point for experimenting with … It’s a wonder that certain tasks like stretching phyllo didn’t just fall by the wayside, but they did it as though there was no option, and their success in their labor no doubt pushed them full steam ahead. You’re recipe is just like my grandma’s, except for the technique. They may have men made with farina instead of flour. I need to make a lot of baklava for a wedding. I don’t think I have a photo (a pity) but I promise that I will post about this method, with photos, in the not-too-distant future! Bake for 25 minutes, or until the logs start to turn a golden color. This was just PERFECT! . Why This Recipe works. This is fascinating Roger! Keep the phyllo covered with a towel. Seems they had to stretch the dough as thinly as possible by pulling it across the kitchen table in one huge sheet. 1 C powdered sugar Watch my how-to-baklawa video here. I have never tried the shortcut you mention, wow can’t wait! Maureen, I love reading about your baklawa. Watch my video with a very simple method here. Bake on the oven shelf second from the top until deep golden brown, 50-60 minutes, rotating the baklawa halfway through baking. Lebanese baklawa is buttery, crisp layers of phyllo filled with nuts and drenched in flower water syrup. Remove and cool (but not cold, it needs to soak into the fillo). My son is turning 2 so we are having a birthday party for him this Saturday and this baklava is on the menu for dessert! That is wonderful Susan! Hi Fadia–I don’t think your flower water in the nuts is making the top fall apart. So thrilled to come across your site. I’d increase the filling to 5 cups, but hold back when you spread it over the phyllo to get a feel for how much you’ll need. I wanted to point out a few differences between the printed PDF recipe and the video. The pastry must have become so endearing not only because of its crisp, buttery layers that incite near-delirium when eaten warm from the oven, but also because of the labor required to make baklawi. So I have a question: When making larger quantities of baklawa, should I raise baking temp, and is it okay to lay in 2 pans at a time at all?? The result is awesome. The main difference between Greek Baklava recipes and Lebanese Baklava is the ingredients used to make the syrup. Makes my heart happy to read it! 1 1/2 C water Home > Recipes > International > Baklava (Lebanese) Printer-friendly version. 1 tsp nutmeg Every pan was definitely made with love. Question, If I wanted to make this as a savory pie (spinach), same method with same quantities of butter? It can help to press down on the nut layer and then on the top half of the phyllo stack before buttering. I love your blog and it always encourages me to go ahead and make that special something that reminds me of my family. Open the package of phyllo dough. When making this baklava recipe, it helps to think of the ingredients list in three different components: Phyllo pastry-find frozen phyllo dough in the freezer section next to things like pie crust.Nut mixture-pistachios, walnuts, hazelnut, sugar, ground cinnamon, pinch of ground cloves.You can change the nut mixture according to what you have. That’s great news, Henna, and how special! Or so it feels. Was your aunt Hilda from Lansing? Sadly she never taught me how to make these beloved dishes and didn’t write her recipes to share. One of my fave Lebanese cookbooks by Sonia Uvezian, “Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen” says that either (or both) may be used- I may have to try some walnuts with orange flower flavoring. 23.7 g There are several steps involved—clarifying butter, making and cooling orange blossom simple syrup, chopping and sugaring nuts—and these no doubt would pale in comparison to the work that once was the burden of Middle Eastern women the world over: the making of the phyllo. This is a dessert that I actually tried for the first time while I was at work because … Oh my!! You are the only other person I have found that says it the way I know…everyone else of course knows it as Baklava…lol, Love your site…just like the way I learned how to make lebanese food from my Grand ma and aunts when I was a little kid…its getting lost in my family…i want to pass it on to my daughter who has no clue as of yet about her lebanese heritage…most of my family is gone…so thank you for this site. Top with 4 more buttered phyllo sheets, ending with a buttered top. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the stacked phyllo into 3 inch by 3 inch squares. My husband is your cousin, an Abowd grandson and I have learned a lot of great recipes from the Sittos and yours are exactly alike. I love the family connection. Also, I remember cinnamon as an ingredient for the nut mixture. Sounds like your husband and I may be related…. Hurray! Now that I have adult children and could possibly have grandchildren soon, I want to learn. The recipe instructions call for brushing the bottom of the pan and top layer with butter but that wasn’t done in the video. until there are 5 phyllo left they go on the top one at a time with each painted with butter. My grandmother used rose water as a flavoring which Martha did not. My great-grandfather did a ton of cooking and taught me how to make tabbouleh, kibbeh, dolmas, baklawa, and fattouche. What a memory your mom has of stretching the dough over the beds. Keep the baklawa lightly, not tightly, covered in the pan with plastic wrap or a piece of wax paper for up to 2 weeks. On the back of on page it did say “buy phyllo dough on the corner of 300 S and 300 East in their freezer section”. I have never had baklawa with rose water…amazing how different the family tradition can be!!! Also, during my pregnancy with daughter Deanna, I craved baklawa. YUM! The baklawi isn’t so different from all our little coosas: you’ll produce something special with a little TLC, a lot of parent-pride, and the faith that your baklawi will go out into the world bringing goodness and light. Later, even to my great-grandma Bebe’s eye rolling, my mother started making it with either the orange or even vanilla. My love to your husband too! Cut the Baklava roll into a few pieces, a couple of inches each then … Using a tablespoon, pour the cooled syrup onto the baklawa rolls. “NOT RIGHT!” That might be your tradition (Greek, etc.) Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Combine the … Thanks a million for all of your kind words. She, and then I, found that leaving the flower water out of the nuts and using it just in the syrup made a difference in keeping the nuts from softening. Let it cool for one hour before serving. Was it the baklawa that sweetens her personality and her life?? AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU! Technique: How to cook potatoes perfectly for salad, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms Blog – Fresh and Classic Lebanese Recipes, http://myninjanaan.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/zunis-2nd-birthday-baklava/, http://www.facebook.com/notes/marie-claude-plourde/baklawa-de-l%C3%A9rabli%C3%A8re/778351478850728, “A terrific and important book!” — Anthony Bourdain. Unroll phyllo and cut whole stack in half to fit the … Make the sugared nuts: The nuts are ideally ground in a hand grinder, but they can be coarsely chopped in the food processor using pulses, taking care not to go too far. My mom took up this practice, which means I took up this practice too. It might be too hot still and you’ll burn your mouth, like I did yesterday. I was so glad to find you. The nuts stay beautiful. I butter every other sheet of phyllo and add a tsp of cinnamon to my nut mixture. Kristin, how sweet and wonderful! Using a metal 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan, lay it over the phyllo to fit. Think they used cream of wheat. Just perfect!! I love all of your recipes, photos, and wonderful stories! the same walnut/cardamon/sugar/rosewater mix is used in another confection i don’t really know how to spell but is pronounced CLAY-che. Thank you so much – I was super worried about using too much mazaher but it was perfect. Put together as in above post. I was interested in your variation ,i.e., putting all of butter when you finish layering baklava ..is it crispy this way. Since this was only made during Lent it was something to look forward to each year. I love the short cut method. The homemade pleasure starts when the pan has been in the oven for about 15 minutes, and the intoxicating scent of butter and pastry begins to swirl about the kitchen and throughout the house. Pour the melted clarified butter over the baklawa evenly. I have all the ingredients including the Orange Blossom Water.. so important! Preheat the oven to 180°C. So happy to hear this–thank you for sharing your experience with this method! Cut. See more ideas about baklava, baklava recipe, recipes. Hi Maureen, I know you do not include it in your filling and thought you would like to know. The top layer will lift and in general make you want to curse as you cut, but just lay the phyllo back down where it belongs and move on. She always used Rose Water in her syrup. I am using some syrup I already have made. I whipped it out fast. Carefully roll each … I was teaching my niece and we had a lot of fun together, buttering each layer is a pain. And so floral with orange blossom water that one bite was about all any of us could take. Love your photo and I’m so glad you are now a baklawa pro. It is truly written with love! Thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge. I have been searching for good Lebanese recipes for a long time. Lay one stack of 20 phyllo leaves in the pan. Homemade Baklawa or Baklava might seem too intimidating to tackle for some, but you're about to discover that making baklava requires more patience than skill.. Halawet el jibn: Lebanese dessert made of cheese dough, ashta (a thick clotted cream) and rose jam. Do you have a photograph of them? Wow, this is so interesting! I even bought some of your orange blossom water just now! <3 Also have ordered a copy of your book, and can't wait for it to arrive!! We just made six trays this way for Aunt Hilda’s funeral luncheon not six months ago which were, we thought, worthy of the occasion. But at my favorite Lebanese bakery, this style of baklawa caught my eye. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately pour the chilled orange blossom syrup evenly over the baklawa. Hi Karen! Hmmm. My question is about what you call the Lebanese version. I so loved your Aunt Hilda! I did bake the tray for 65 minutes to get a bit browner, but ovens can differ. My second batch came out perfectly…Yes, the cutting is the real pain, however, once the tray was baked, it looked just fine. So, this site is my new favorite go-to for all things Lebanese! Cut the pieces of baklawa from the pan with a sharp knife as needed. Cut into diamonds and pour all the rendered butter into the pan, making sure it settles into all the cuts and around edges. I imagine these little ladies danced a jig in their house dresses on that same tabletop when they discovered commercially-made phyllo. Brush the bottom of the pan with clarified butter. I was just looking at recipes and searching Lebanese recipes to see what was out there on Pintrest which led me to your site. So my question is how much nuts to use and do I use one pkg for bottom and one for top. I love mamool too but have not found receipe like theirs. Do you ever do that? So happy to hear that Maria! It reminded me of how my Lebanese grandmother made her own phyllo dough for something we called Meh-heh-lee. I should call this post – The Baklava Demystified – I … I have had many of them ask for the recipe. Recipe has a rating of 4.0 by 1 members and the recipe belongs in the Biscuits & Pastries recipes category Keep the phyllo covered with a towel. Lebanese cuisine is without doubt one of the most typical expressions of Middle Eastern cuisine, extremely varied and strongly influenced by the Arab-Muslim tradition. Fadia. Aunt Hilda Abood from Lansing! Keep the temperature the same. Your email address will not be published. Our Italian neighbors also LIVE for the baklawa. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Great suggestion Anthony–that’s a recipe I’d love to develop! Yours are closer. I’ve had wonderful success with your recipes as well I’m excited to try this baklava recipe because you make it seem so easy! More ways to clarify butter are here. I am going to try making a version (it has been over 20 years since I have made them). Using a pastry brush, brush melted butter over the sheet. Please welcome Simply Recipes guest author Garrett McCord who brought us some of the best baklava we’ve ever tasted. Pour into another, heatproof, container and cool completely. Lebanese Baklava syrup is made with a combination of sugar, water, rose water and sometimes orange blossoms water. Thanks again. I remember they were gritty. On a positive note, the flavor of the syrup is spot on. Hi Anna–you can use rosewater–but VERY little, just a few drops, then taste your syrup to see if it needs another drop. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden brown. Are the dough cookies you’re thinking of fried? Getting ready to assemble the baklava. We always thought this was done to save labor but a poor substitute for the real thing. 2 tsp orange blossom water, 1 cup maple syrup mixed with 2 tsp orange blossom water (no heating required, just mix together), Here is my post (in French though): I am teaching my 16 year old niece how to make it tomorrow! I’m thrilled you love this method as much as I do. ,!!! That is funny David! Cant wait for your book.. Phyllis, thanks so much–my recipe for ma’moul is here–love to know if it is like you remember your family’s version! Delicious. Pour into another, heatproof, container and cool completely. This is just exactly how my Mother-in-law made this and it was passed down from my Father-in-law’s mother. Carefully roll each square up into a log , and place on another baking sheet (seam side down). Hi, I hope I wasn’t insulting of your tradition. Though we always had either pistachio or walnut filling and always seemed to have a rose water based syrup made by the aunties and grandma, my grandmother’s hand written notes indicate the use of Mazaher or orange flower water. Kanafeh/Knefe. Preparation Method. MAUREEN, YOU HAVE BROUGHT UP SO MANY WONDERFUL, DELISH MEMORIES. Repeat this process until all of the sheets have been buttered and stacked. Phyllis, you say that you remember mamool being gritty. So beautiful! box, use only half of it. If it doesn’t brown, broil for a very short time (just a few seconds to brown, not burn). However we have the exact location of purchasing phyllo dough spelled out to the freezer section. IS THERE ANOTHER LAYER OF DOUGH ON TOP TO MAKE IT LOOKED UNIFIED?? Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice and orange blossom water (you can substitute rose water if you can’t find orange blossom water), and set aside to cool. Thank you again! Henna, thanks you! Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy this simple baklawa method as much as I do! 1tsp vanilla ~Elise Have I ever mentioned that I’m a baklava addict? All of this fuss over the baklawi is worth it; you will understand this if and when you make or have some of the good stuff. I toast a lot of nuts for a lot of recipes, so I do appreciate that very much. I added 2 t. and am hoping that was not too much. From now on, I’m going Lebanese. The nuts aren’t really in “layers” they end up throughout the baklawa. Lucky brother and wedding guests! How special Sherry cousin! it is made with rose water, and importantly, ground cardamom, which is essential to its character. The more baklawa, the better. But I KNOW this method works!, I said. The baklawi turned out perfectly the second time. Her wedding will be graced with your beautiful baklawa! I’m getting ready to put it in the oven. The only thing different was that she doesn’t toast the walnuts and I had to explain that added dimension as she questioned it, lol. Brush a baking tray … https://www.mamaslebanesekitchen.com/desserts/lebanese-baklava-recipe Every year when making this my mother tells me about learning from her Lebanese grandmother; rolling out the phyllo by hand and baking it in her wood burning oven. my relatives from mosul in northern iraq made it differently. Greek Baklava syrup is made mainly with honey spiced with a bit of cinnamon and lemon juice. They are so good! Wonderful, thanks for sharing! Hi Kristin!! Add the orange blossom water. Any extra butter is poured on top. Maureen ; While I love Orange Blossom water in just about everything (it works well in the date filling for Ma’moul), Baklawa MUST absolutely be made with Rose water and Rose water only! U have such a great memory on everything right down to to red saran paper ??? Maureen, Worth a try!! I used a 1/4 tsp. If your phyllo dough came in a 1 lb. The practice of buttering each layer of phyllo can be Zen-like and all peaceful and everything if you are making one. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Hello, what I could I use as substitute for the orange blossom water if I can not find that in the store? But always remember ur right she always said hers was the BEST. I just ran across your blog looking for ideas for something special to make for my daughter’s wedding. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and lemon juice and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let me know though if you try the method of pouring the butter and not buttering each sheet! Lightly crush the nuts in a food processor. I’m thrilled you love this recipe as much as we do. Just kidding. I. lemon or orange rind if available Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Using the tip of a very sharp chef’s knife, cut the baklawa into diamonds by cutting six rows (5 cuts) lengthwise and ten rows (9 cuts) crosswise on the diagonal. I’m so proud of myself! Makes about 15 pieces. Enjoy and let me know how you like the recipe! I’m great fonder of these Lebanese recipe…Last time thought of making Baklawa and somehow derived at your site……All your recipes seems awesome………Will bookmark your site for future reference.Keep so share more! anyone who likes baklawa would adore lozena. cardamom is also essential in the king of iraqi confections called lozena, which doesn’t seem to exist outside of iraq. I missed one step, and it explains some of my frustration with cutting the pieces. Four hours later the entire pan was gone and I wa… 1 cup butter. Thank you cousin Terri! Whenever she saw butter or sugar on sale, she bought it. Today, she says, she wouldn’t do it for less than $50. Also, I think the placement on the rack is very important to even baking, along with the turning of the tray half way through. I know that I will have to add 4″more to fill the pan for top and bottom. I love the food. Have you ever tried the shortcut tip of pouring butter over all with the ROLLED Baklawa?? Again, thank you. 20 bottom, nuts, 20 top. Required fields are marked *. Thanks for your kind words. So we made the baklawi again and used less of everything—clarified butter, nuts, syrup, and especially mazaher. For slightly smaller pieces, cut 7 rows (6 cuts) lengthwise. drawn butter or sweet butter 1 Basic syrup recipe. Combine the toasted chopped walnuts and sugar stirring until all of the nuts are coated. Do you hear what I hear? Commercially-made baklawa tastes as though it’s made not with butter, but with oil, and it simply can’t compare. If I couldn’t find in the store, I have used orange extract as a substitute. Thank you, thank you for sharing the shortcut. My grandmother was Lebanese, and like your family’s our recipes have passed down through the hands of each generation. What were the cookies called that were nut filled dough covered with syrup in the shape of “armadillos”? Thank you for the recipe–the syrup is much different, and reminds me of Greek baklava flavors. You are right! I have learned how to fix several dishes. My father was syrian or some called lebanese. http://myninjanaan.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/zunis-2nd-birthday-baklava/, I hope it would make you and your baklava-extraordinaire mom and aunts proud . There is nothing like Christmas time and baking of Baklawa where neighbors, friends and especially the family members who did not learn the Lebanese cooking traditions, line up waiting for their own diamond. Make the syrup in advance so it can be fully chilled. It’s better to leave the phyllo just a hair larger than the pan because it will shrink when it bakes. Just the way I like it. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the baklava is very golden brown. Thank you so much. 1 tsp cloves (I leave this out because I don’t like cloves) Have you? Here is what I used: And I’m sure it was a “get together” for the ladies. Using a knife, cut the baklava into 1 1/2-inch diamonds. Using a rolling pin, crush the nuts. Thank you so much and I know you’re going to enjoy this baklawa as much as we do. It is essential to pour cool/room temperature syrup over the hot pastry when it comes out of the oven. My grandmother was from Zahle. Hi Tami–with the diamonds, whether you butter all of the layers or not, they tend to want to come apart a bit (but not entirely) when you cut them. Carefully lift one sheet of the phyllo (it is paper thin and very fragile, so work quickly and carefully!) I remember her making the phyllo dough by hand and stretching the sheets of dough over the couch until one day, commercially made dough could be bought in LA. But that won’t phase you. Hi Jo–baklawa is traditionally made by buttering each layer as you do, but this method that my aunt used and that I now use works beautifully. My first shortcut version is in the oven now and smells amazing. Read my full guide here.By the way, you don’t have to butter every layer! She did call it baklawi (bit-LAY-wee), as you have mentioned. I make a large pan at Christmas for my friend’s Christmas party . I made your recipe and it came out great, like the middle eastern bakery I go to. I so so so appreciate the original recipe and all the comments of those who shared their variations. In fact I’m in the kitchen right now preparing the clarified butter . They are Italian and it is always a big hit with their family. I look forward to going back to my Lebanese family tradition! Thank you Teresa! But get up to 50 trays, and mind is going to prevail over matter. Baklawa is important in our Italian family, too. Allow the butter to settle in, about 5 minutes. There is Gloria in Excelsis Deo when the cool orange blossom syrup is poured over the hot pastry, giving you the most satisfying sizzling sound effect. So I bought a 12x18x2 pan and my phyllo dough is 12×14 . Home » Rose Water & Orange Blossoms Blog – Fresh and Classic Lebanese Recipes » Stories and Recipes » Christmas » Lebanese Baklawa Recipe. If you add honey to it, it becomes something else. Thank you SO much! Add the orange blossom water. but NOT Lebanese and hence “Not Right!” BTW, my ant and cousins are ‘Nicolaous’ -obviously a Greek last name, and I love Greeks. Also the orange blossom, I love this, and I will be using Cypriot orange blossom, which is aromatic and subtle ..thanks for your recipe.. it looks great .. Fun to read all the comments and I have learned a few tricks for improvement. Lightly score the top with your knife before diving in so you can see where the cuts will be. CAROL. She sold the trays for $25 each. Cut about an inch off of the short side of the phyllo so it will fit in the pan. This is precious! Bake as directed above. I told Mama and she IS proud! Baklawa is not made, among my people, the way you describe…but I’d love to try it! Total Carbohydrate Do you think this causes the top layer to fall? Most every Lebanese woman of my parents’ generation makes her baklawa for special occasions, especially Christmas. Take a layer from the center of the leaves for the top layer if necessary. And I suppose there was more labor available in the winter since there weren’t outdoor activities. Cut along the roll to separate it from the leftover fillo dough sheet, which could be used for another roll. The syrup can be made weeks in advance and chilled in the refrigerator, but best to start at least a day ahead so it gets good and cold. Then we tasted it. She learned this method from Aunt Louise, and now many of the cousins, having learned from Aunt Hilda, make theirs this way too. I’ve never made baklewi before – this recipe is super easy! It is essential to pour cool/room temperature syrup over the hot pastry when it comes out of the oven. Apr 7, 2020 - Explore Lauren Lemanski's board "Lebanese Baklava" on Pinterest. I made these today and your recipe is SPOT ON! You can imagine that anyone who makes that much baklawa comes up with some tricks of the trade. Thank you Carol! I too make it like your Aunt Hilda, logs are my forte. My Tita (that’s what we called her and how she spelled it) was the best cook! Can’t wait to hear about your two batches! 1 Well Cyndi, it makes my heart happy to read your comment! Love for the food, love for family. I have also tried to spread some butter on the layer that touches the nuts. The role baklawa plays in the repertoire of the Lebanese home cook is formidable. She talked about how much she misses Aunt Hilda, and that you don’t have to panic if it looks like you have too much liquid. 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