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Greek Baklava with almonds and pistachio nuts

On the 6th of March we had the Carnival Parade in Limassol, my home town. Every year, on Carnival day, we are invited to my parents’-in-law house for souvla (meat cooked on charcoal).  This year I decided to make Ivy’s sweet called Kataifi Orange Pudding but my father wanted to eat baklava so I asked Ivy for a recipe. She gave me good tips on how to make it and I also found another baklava recipe in lolfoodie’s blog.  Both recipes made me confident enough to proceed in making the sweet and not only that but to change, add or omit some of the ingredients as well.  I am proud to say that I made a very nice dessert. My father and father-in-law were very pleased with the result.  I hope you like it too.

Here you can find my version of baklava.

Greek Baklava with almonds and pistachio nuts

250gr caster sugar
2 cups of water
1 tbsp of glucose
1 tbsp of honey
1 stick of cinnamon
3 whole cloves
1 tbsp of rose water
1 tsp of orange zest
1/2 tsp of fresh lemon juice

Put all ingredients in a small pot and allow to boil, on low heat, for 15 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool completely.

Baklava Layers
500gr phyllo dough for sweet recipes (13 phyllo sheets)
250gr butter or extra virgin Greek olive oil
250gr almonds
150gr pistachio nuts
¾ cup caster sugar
3 tbsps of cinnamon powder
3 tbsps of water (to sprinkle on top of phyllo just before baking)

1) Finely chop the almonds with a food processor; add ½ a cup of sugar and 2 tbsps of cinnamon powder. Mix well and let aside.

2) Do the same with the pistachio nuts adding to them the rest of the sugar and cinnamon.

3) In a small saucepan or in the microwave melt the butter. Be careful not to burn it.

The rest of the preparation method can be found in Ivy’s blog kopiaste or in lolfoodie’s blog.
Sorry guys my four kids are demanding my attention so I have to go. Both blogs give exact instructions on how to proceed with the recipe.

If you try to make baklava I suggest you put your own touch to the recipe, as I did with the syrup ingredients. Enjoy!

In case you need any help on how to proceed with the recipe please let me know.


  1. Oh my how I love baklava!! Yum! ♥- Katrina

  2. I had a friend who always made the best baklava... I've never tried it myself, but with versions such as this I think I need to try!

  3. My mom had a greek friend who used to make us baklava. I love it ... have never attempted to make it though. Your version looks really good and appertizing, I'm sure that they must have all really enjoyed it.

  4. Oh, I love baklava...and yours sounds fabulous!!!

  5. I love baklava with pistachios. The walnut ones are ok but pistachios rock! <3

  6. One of my favorites :) it looks so delicious!

  7. I think this is the best dessert hands down in the universe! I'm waiting for a special occasion to use this recipe and I can't wait.

  8. Lovely and I like the Rose water and orange zest too. Went and had a peek at Ivy's pudding, yes that too :-)

  9. Thank you for your comment! This dessert looks amazing! :)

  10. Everytime I go to the sunday market here in France, I stand in front of the Baklava stand just drooling. I will have to whip up your recipe soon! Merci!

  11. Lots of respect for you that knows how to deal with phyllo dough. It looks delicious, I'm drooling.

  12. I love baklava! Yours looks very very good :) I'm too lazy to make such thing myself

  13. YUUUMMM...!!! I am not brave enough to try this but did make baklava palmiers before and they were yumm : j

  14. Thanks for stopping by my site. Never tried this before but yours turns out perfect and yummy!

  15. I have a friend who love baklava. May I share your recipe with her? I sure she have fun make it

  16. Baklava is my favorite Greek dessert and especially good after a meaty dinner. Yum!

  17. I lived in the middle east for a little while and i used to adore going to sweet stores there and eating baklava. I woud love to have a slice of yours! So sweet and flaky!

    And nope, i haven't forgotten about your cookies. I am going to be posting my final st.patrick's day posting later today and then i will focus on cookies, especially for you :)

  18. I haven't seen this post in my reader. I have to check and see what's wrong. Your baklavas looks delicious. I want some right now.

  19. Oooh, i have a terrible weakness for baklava, delicious! x

  20. One of my favorite desserts ever. Thanks for sharing the recipe and tips!

  21. baklava is so royal and day i'll make them (i'll try your version) and make my mother and mother-in-law happy ;P tht's more difficult i guess!

  22. OMG! I love baklava!! I must do it!!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  23. I just made baklava, and I wish I would have seen your recipe before I made it. Your version looks amazing.


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