Traditional Turkish Baklava Recipe

Experience the delight of homemade Turkish Baklava with this detailed guide. Layered with filo, pistachios, and honey syrup, it's a sweet treat that's sure to impress.
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Aisha, a travel blogger from Kuala Lumpur, finds herself irresistibly drawn to the sweet, rich flavors of Baklava while exploring Istanbul. This classic Turkish dessert, with its layers of filo pastry, chopped pistachios, and honey syrup, is a testament to the intricate culinary traditions of the region. For Aisha, savoring Baklava is not just about indulgence but also about experiencing the cultural richness of the places she visits. Each bite of this delightful dessert brings her closer to the heart of Istanbul.

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Traditional Turkish Baklava Recipe

A man in an apron standing in a kitchen.Michael O’Connor
A rich and sweet Turkish dessert made with layers of filo pastry, chopped pistachios, and a honey syrup.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Meal Type Desserts
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 538 kcal
Difficulty Medium
Ingredient Cost $15
Shopping Cost$45


  • Baking dish
  • Saucepan
  • Pastry Brush


  • 16 oz filo pastry 1 package
  • 2 cups pistachios chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a baking dish with some melted butter.
    1 cup unsalted butter
  • Layer 8 sheets of filo pastry in the dish, brushing each layer with melted butter.
    16 oz filo pastry, 1 cup unsalted butter
  • Sprinkle a thin layer of chopped pistachios mixed with cinnamon over the filo.
    2 cups pistachios, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Continue layering filo pastry and pistachios until all the pistachios are used. Finish with 8 layers of filo pastry on top, brushing each layer with butter.
    1 cup unsalted butter
  • Cut the baklava into diamond shapes with a sharp knife.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a saucepan, combine honey, water, sugar, and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
    1 cup honey, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pour the hot syrup over the baklava as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let it cool completely before serving.


For added flavor, use a mix of nuts like walnuts and almonds.
Baklava tastes even better the next day after the syrup has fully soaked in.


Calories: 538kcalCarbohydrates: 68gProtein: 7gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 187mgPotassium: 272mgFiber: 3gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 590IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Baklava, Honey, Pistachios, Sweet, Turkish Dessert

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