Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup (225 grams) cold unsalted butter
  • 2.5 cups (320 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup (240 grams) sour cream

Filling

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1.5 cups (180 grams) mixed nuts, chopped

Topping

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped nuts

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls

    Using different sizes will help you stay organized as you prepare the dough and filling.

  • Whisk

    A sturdy whisk is essential for getting those egg whites frothy and stiff.

  • Rolling Pin

    A good rolling pin makes it easy to roll the dough evenly.

  • Baking Tray

    A non-stick baking tray ensures your Baklava layers bake evenly and come out easily.

  • Parchment Paper

    Using parchment paper on your baking tray can prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.

  • Sharp Knife

    You’ll need this for making precise incisions in the assembled Baklava.

Instructions

Step 1

Prepare the Dough

Rub the cold butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add egg yolks and sour cream to the mixture.
Knead the dough until smooth and divide into three equal parts.

Step 2

Prepare the Filling

Whisk egg whites until frothy.
Gradually add sugar while whisking until the mixture is stiff and glossy.
Fold in honey and chopped nuts gently.

Step 3

Assemble the Baklava

Layer the dough and filling as shown in the video.
Brush the top with egg yolk and make incisions.
Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Step 4

Bake and Serve

Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 40 minutes.
Cool before serving and enjoy!

Servings

Serving Suggestions & Ideas: 🍰
Serve this tantalizing Baklava warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delightful contrast between hot and cold. It’s an excellent finish to a dinner party, leaving your guests talking about dessert all evening!

🌙 Festive Occasions:
Decorate your Baklava with edible gold leaf or sprinkle a little powdered sugar before serving for an extra touch of elegance. It pairs wonderfully with mint tea or a strong espresso.

🌟 Casual Get-Togethers:
Cut the Baklava into smaller, bite-sized pieces to create the perfect finger food. It's an ideal addition to a potluck or picnic spread!

🎉 Kids’ Parties:
Add a dash of colorful sprinkles on top of the Baklava after brushing with egg yolk and before baking, making it a fun and appealing treat for the little ones.

Variations

Gluten-Free Variation: 🌾
Substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure that your gluten-free flour contains xanthan gum or add 1 teaspoon yourself to ensure the dough binds well.

Vegan Variation: 🌱
Use vegan butter instead of traditional unsalted butter. For the egg yolks, replace with a mixture of 3 tablespoons plant-based yogurt. For the egg whites in the filling, utilize aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas) equal to 6 tablespoons. These swaps will give you a perfect vegan Baklava with all its deliciousness intact!

Faq

  • Why is my dough not coming together?

    Ensure your butter is cold and not melted. If needed, slightly chill the dough mixture before kneading.

  • How do I know when my egg whites are stiff enough?

    When the whites hold firm peaks and don't slide when you tilt the bowl, they are ready.

  • Can I use a food processor for preparing the dough?

    Yes, using a food processor can speed up the process of mixing the cold butter into the flour.

  • Should the assembled Baklava rest before baking?

    It's not necessary, but letting it rest in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking can enhance layering.

  • How can I store leftover Baklava?

    Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, refrigerate or freeze it.

  • Can I use a different type of nuts for the filling?

    Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with your favorite nuts like pecans, pistachios, or almonds.

Nutrition facts

Traditional Baklava Delight
Recipe Yield:24 servings
Calories:Approximately 175 calories per serving
Calories (Min - Max):150 - 200
Total Fat:12g
Saturated Fat:5g
Protein:3g
Total Carbohydrate:15g
Total Sugars:8g