29 Nov

This is a very sweet, syrupy pastry, perfect for an impressive end to a dinner party.

Ingredients: 20 sheets of filo pastry (most shop bought varieties are vegan in the UK), 250g margarine, 100g pistachios, 150g pecans (roughly chopped), 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

For Syrup: 350g granulated sugar, 300ml water, juice of half a lemon

Greta with Baklava

Greta with Baklava


Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease a baking dish and melt the rest of the margarine in a bowl. Then lay down 10 of the sheets of filo pastry one at a time, brushing each layer with the melted margarine. Mix nuts, 2 tablespoons of sugar and cardamom in a bowl and spread mixture over pastry layers. Put the rest of the pastry layers on top, again brushing margarine between each layer. Use a sharp knife to cut top layers of pastry into diamond shapes. Bake for 20 mins, then turn down the oven heat to 150 degrees and bake for another 20-30 mins, until pastry is golden brown but not burnt. Meanwhile heat the ingredients for the syrup in a saucepan over a medium heat, simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 mins. Let the baklava rest for about 5 mins then pour the syrup on it. Allow to cool before eating.

5 Responses to “Baklava”

  1. Domingo January 13, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Nice, I always wonder how to do it.
    I think you doing a really good job girls and boys.
    Keep going

  2. Nic January 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    Brilliant, I adore Baklava and can’t wait to try your recipe, thank you. You all look fabulous and are an inspiration. Just wish I was a little more body-confident to join you.

  3. Mehmet February 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Turkish food “baklava”

  4. Ahmet Kır February 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    bizde bildiğin antepli dayıların elinden yiyelim,lanet olsun böyle hayata

  5. Iain Russell April 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm #


    Sadly this is another part of my life that got filed in the ‘gutten bin’ since I became intollerant to the stuff.

    I have as yet been unable to find any glutten free Filo Pastry – Has anyone else on NVC had any luck?



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