Baklava with Walnuts

Unwrapping the Flavors of Tradition – Baklava with Walnuts: A Culinary Symphony in Every Layer

Embark on a journey into the heart of Middle Eastern sweets with our decadent Baklava with Walnuts. This age-old delicacy, renowned for its exquisite layers of phyllo pastry, chopped walnuts, and honey, stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of flavors embedded in culinary traditions. Join us in uncovering the secrets of crafting this divine treat, offering not only the classic rendition but also keto and low-carb alternatives, ensuring the joy of Baklava is accessible to all.


For the Baklava:

  • 1 pound phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For the Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice


Step 1 – Prepare the Walnuts: Begin by finely chopping the walnuts, ensuring a uniform texture. In a bowl, combine the chopped walnuts with sugar and ground cinnamon. Set this enticing mixture aside for later.

Step 2 – Assemble the Baklava:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Brush a baking dish generously with the melted butter to create a sumptuous base.
  3. Lay a sheet of phyllo pastry in the dish, ensuring it is well-coated with the luscious butter.
  4. Repeat the process, layering approximately 10 sheets, creating a foundation for the layers of flavor to come.
  5. Sprinkle a generous portion of the walnut mixture evenly over the phyllo layers.
  6. Continue alternating between phyllo and walnuts until all ingredients are used, culminating in a tantalizing top layer of phyllo.

Step 3 – Cut and Bake:

  1. With a sharp knife, carefully cut the assembled Baklava into diamond or square-shaped pieces.
  2. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the pastry is gloriously golden brown and crisp.

Step 4 – Prepare the Syrup:

  1. While the Baklava is baking, prepare the syrup by combining water, sugar, honey, a cinnamon stick, and lemon juice in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Remove the cinnamon stick and let the syrup cool.

Step 5 – Drizzle and Soak:

  1. Once the Baklava emerges from the oven, immediately drizzle the cooled syrup evenly over the hot pastry.
  2. Allow the Baklava to absorb the syrup fully, letting it cool to room temperature before indulging in its layered glory.

Cook Notes:

  • Work swiftly with phyllo pastry to prevent it from drying out. Keep the sheets covered with a damp towel when not in use.
  • Patience is key – allow the Baklava to cool completely before serving to enhance the melding of flavors.


Nutty Fusion Baklava: Elevate the nuttiness by combining walnuts with pistachios, almonds, and hazelnuts for a diverse and luxurious experience.

Chocolate Drift Baklava: Introduce a layer of decadence by adding chocolate chips or a sprinkle of cocoa powder between the walnuts for a delightful chocolate infusion.

Citrus Zest Delight: Infuse a burst of freshness by incorporating grated orange or lemon zest into the walnut mixture for a citrusy kick.

Keto Version:

Almond Flour Transformation: For a keto-friendly rendition, substitute traditional phyllo pastry with almond flour layers, preserving the essence while reducing carbs.

Low-Carb Sweetener Swap: Replace granulated sugar with a low-carb sweetener both in the walnut mixture and syrup for a guilt-free experience.

Butter Brilliance: Maintain the richness of butter but in moderation, aligning with keto principles while preserving the divine taste.

Low-Carb Version:

Seed Sensation: For a low-carb twist, substitute traditional nuts with a combination of chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flaxseeds.

Coconut Flour Crisp: Embrace the low-carb lifestyle by replacing phyllo pastry with layers of coconut flour, providing a delicious alternative.

Sugar-Free Syrup Magic: Craft a sugar-free syrup using a blend of erythritol and stevia, ensuring that even in its low-carb form, Baklava remains a delight.


In every luscious layer of our Baklava with Walnuts, you savor the culmination of centuries-old culinary artistry. Beyond a dessert, Baklava is a cultural emblem that bridges the past with the present, offering a taste of tradition in every bite. Whether you adhere to the classic recipe or venture into enticing variations, the allure of Baklava remains undiminished. With keto-friendly and low-carb adaptations, we ensure that everyone, regardless of dietary preferences, can partake in the joy of savoring this layered masterpiece. Baklava with Walnuts is not just a dessert; it’s a celebration of culinary excellence, fusing the richness of history with the inclusivity of the present.

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