How to make Baklava

The first time I tried baklava, I fell in love. I decided to have a go and make it at home and I have to tell you, it was delicious!

Some of the ingredients used are optional or can be switched to something else. If you find that the mixed spices are too strong for you then you can use ground cinnamon only. If you don’t fancy mixed nuts then you can use one or two types of your favourite nuts.


500g mixed nuts  (I used walnuts, almonds, pistachio)

2 teaspoons of ground mixed spices (Cinnamon, Coriander, Ginger, Dill, Cloves, Nutmeg)

1 packet of filo pastry

250g butter

230g caster sugar

230ml water

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven 180ᵒc.
  2. Lightly grease the baking dish.
  3. Grind or chop nuts into small pieces. Once this is done, put into a bowl and mix in the ground mixed spices.
  4. Unroll the filo pastry, cut the sheets in half or trim the sheets to fit in the baking dish (if needed) and melt butter.
  5. Place one sheet of filo into the bottom of the baking dish, brush the sheet with butter and then place another filo sheet on top and brush on the butter, then sprinkle on the nuts, ensuring the filo sheets are covered. (Roughly, 3-4 tablespoons of nuts should cover it).
  6. Repeat layers in this order: filo sheet, butter, filo sheet, butter and sprinkle on nuts.
  7. When coming to the top, layer 4 – 6 filo sheets. (Brushing on the butter in-between each sheet)
  8. Cut all the way through the layers and place the mixed nuts on top of the baklava to decorate.
  9. Pop the baking dish into the oven for 50 minutes until golden brown.
  10. Now we move onto the syrup. Add sugar and water into a saucepan on medium heat and bring to boil.
  11. Stir in the honey and lemon zest. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  12. Once the baklava is ready, remove it from the oven and pour the hot syrup you have just made all over the baklava. Leave the baklava to the side and let it cool down.
  13.  Once cooled,  serve the baklava with some coffee or ice cream and enjoy!




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  • Looks good. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Don’t forget to tag me on Twitter or Instagram – @womanishaffairs
      I’d love to see how it turns out 🙂

  • My Greek soul is very happy, now all I have to do is get my Portuguese Mrs to make it for me (I cook, but she makes all the sweet yummies)…

    • Aww, well I hope you enjoy the baklava, that’s if she makes it!
      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • These baklava look amazing! I wish I was better at baking so I could attempt to make them without disaster occurring. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂 <3

    • They tasted amazing! I’m not a great baker but I have to admit I did well 🙂

      Thanks for commenting! x

  • Ksenia

    Delicious, perfect for dark nights and when GBBO is on! I’ve used a recipe from the Guardian before, ‘how to make the perfect… baklava’!

  • Serena Reidy

    Oh I love baklava, it’s so tasty!

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  • I am always too scared to make it myself because of the filo pastry but it looks so gooood!