easy baklava recipe

Easy Baklava Recipe with Pistachios

  • Author: Lilian B.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Here is my easy baklava recipe with pistachios and walnuts. This recipe can be made in an hour and it tastes way better than the grocery store-bought baklava.



  • 1 lb frozen filo dough
  • 1 lb walnuts
  • 8 ounces shelled pistachios
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons flower water
  • 2 tablespoons orange blossom water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 sticks of butter melted


Make Simple Syrup

  1. In a pot, add 1 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar.
  2. Bring to a boil. Add 1 tsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp of flower water, and 1 tbsp of orange blossom water.
  3. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool down.

Prepare Nut Mixture

  1. Add 1 lb of walnuts and 8 ounces of pistachios to the food processor. Pulse on high until nuts are crushed. This should take about 10 pulses. Pour crushed nuts into a large bowl.
  2. Set aside about 1/4 cup of the crushed nut mixture to use as a topping later.
  3. In a separate bowl, add 2 tbsp of flower water and 1 tbsp of orange blossom water. Add 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 cup of sugar. Add 3 tbsp of the hot simple syrup.
  4. Mix all of the honey/sugar ingredients together.
  5. Pour honey/sugar ingredients over crushed nut mixture. Mix well.

Assemble Baklava

  1. Unwrap the thawed filo dough. Individual sheets are very fragile and can break easily.
  2. Prepare an area where the unrolled filo dough can be laid. Place a damp towel over the filo when not in use.
  3. Heat butter or ghee on the stovetop. If using butter, scrape the top and discard it.
  4. Place a parchment paper on the bottom of the 9″ x 13″ pan.
  5. The filo dough is twice the size of the pan. Just fold the filo dough in the middle and lay on the baking dish.
  6. Using a brush or soft spatula, spread melted butter all over the fil dough layer.
  7. Continue layering filo and butter until you have completed 4 filo sheets (the equivalent of 8 layers)
  8. Spread 1/3 of the nut mixture in a thin layer.
  9. Continue layering filo and butter for 3 filo sheets (or the equivalent of 6 layers)
  10. Spread 1/3 of the nut mixture in a thin layer.
  11. Continue layering filo and butter for 3 filo sheets (or the equivalent of 6 layers)
  12. Spread the remaining nut mixture in a thin layer.
  13. Continue layering filo and butter for 3 filo sheets (or the equivalent of 6 layers).
  14. Spread butter on the top.
  15. Cut the baklava prior to baking.
  16. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes at 375F.
  17. Remove from the oven and immediately pour the cooled simple syrup mixture in the cracks.
  18. Let the baklava cool.
  19. Add crushed pistachios and walnuts to the top of the baklava.


Place the frozen filo dough from the freezer in the fridge the night or day before making the recipe. This is very important!

You can use ghee instead of butter.

You can make this with only walnuts or only pistachios. Or, you can change the mixture ratio as per your liking.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Lebanese


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 333
  • Sugar: 28 g
  • Sodium: 264 mg
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 41 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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