Homemade Holiday Baklava

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Baklava is a traditional Greek dessert eaten during the holidays. This baklava recipe from Fresko Mediterranean restaurant is a passed-down family recipe from Chef Kody Harris’ aunt. Try this recipe for yourself this holiday season or visit Fresko restaurant in Ahwatukee to get your Greek food fix.


For Syrup:

2 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 Tbsp lemon juice and zest
6 cloves, whole
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup honey

For Nut Filling:

1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups almonds, finely chopped
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp cloves, ground
1/2 tsp nutmeg

For Phyllo Dough:

1 1/2 cups butter, clarified
36 (2 lbs) phyllo dough sheets


  1. In a saucepan, combine all syrup ingredients except lemon and honey.
  2. Bring to boil for 20 minutes or once it reaches 224 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add lemon juice and honey, simmer five minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. In a bowl, mix all nut filling ingredients together and set aside.
  5. Line pan with 12 sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with butter. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup nut mixture.
  6. Place two phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup nut mixture.
  7. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter.
  8. With a sharp knife cut all layers into diamond shaped pieces.
  9. Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 degrees and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  10. Remove baklava from oven and while still hot spoon syrup evenly over entire baklava.
  11. Keep and serve at room temperature.

Yields 24 pieces.

Recipe and image courtesy of Chef Kody Harris, Fresko restaurant.

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