Pistachio Baklava

Pistachio Baklava 11 Happy New Year! Are you all as excited about 2013 as I am? I think it’s going to be a really good year. :)

Anyways, baklava has been on our to-do list for 2 years now…or more. I’m not totally sure why we kept putting it off  but most likely it was because we either couldn’t find the right recipe or they seemed like too many steps. Who knows?! But New Years seemed like as good a time as any to finally try it out, so we went for it.

It was actually easier than we thought. Layering the phyllo dough was kind of tedious, but it went by relatively fast, and it was simple. The hardest part was shelling all the pistachios. No joke…it took us an hour. At least! And Kara ended up with 2 gouged index fingers that needed band aids. If we were smart we would just buy shelled pistachios. :-/

The baklava turned out just as we had hoped. It was sooo good and I will definitely make it again. I especially liked it because it was completely different than our normal desserts. No chocolate. No frosting. And it stayed really well too. We made it on Saturday and took it to a family party two days later and it was still perfect. It took us a couple of years, but so glad we finally tried baklava. Success!

Here's what you'll need

Here’s what you’ll need

Start by making the syrup

Start by making the syrup

Process the pistachios and 2 tbsps sugar

Process the pistachios and 2 tbsps sugar

Now add is rest of sugar and the cinnamon

Now add in rest of sugar and the cinnamon

Now butter a 13x9 pan

Now butter a 13×9 pan

Layer the fillo dough and butter in between each

Layer the phyllo dough and butter in between each layer

Spread on half the pistachios

Spread on half the pistachios

Now 6 more layers of fillo and butter

Now 6 more layers of phyllo and butter

Cut through the top 6 layers of fillo but not through the pistachios. Pop in oven

Cut through the top 6 layers of phyllo but not through the pistachios. Pop in oven

Once out of the oven pour the syrup on top

Once out of the oven pour the syrup on top. Cool

So glad we finally made this!!

So glad we finally made this!!

Comments

  1. says

    I just went to my favorite Libanese Restaurant here in Berlin, and like so many times before I got some sweet dessert after the meal. I had never tried Baklava before moving here, but for me it is really perfect when you crave something sweet. Thanks for the recipe!

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