Easy Baklava by Heghineh
This version of easy baklava recipe from Armenian Cuisine can be considered the fastest , easiest and least time consuming . Unless you decide to make the puff pastry dough from scratch. Total prepping and baking time is about an hour. The result is very good looking, glossy and of course very delicious baklava filled with spiced nuts, meringue filling, topped with a good amount of honey. This is easy baklava was one of my childhood favorites, still is, to be honest.
I like baking this kind baklava especially for our New Year’s table, or for any special occasions, it looks very festive and can make any dessert setting look inviting .
You can use different kinds of toasted nuts when making baklava, in general. Traditionally we use toasted ,chopped walnuts, but slivered almonds, pecans or hazelnuts will work just fine. I hope you give it a try to this sweetness and await for your feedback through my social media pages : Instagram or Facebook.
3 layers of ready puff pastry dough, roll out to the size of half sheet baking pan
2 cups toasted chopped nuts
5 Large egg, separated
3/4 Cup granulated white sugar
1/3 Tsp ground cinnamon
¼ Tsp ground clove
1 1/2 Cups honey , warmed for easy pouring
1 tbs orange blossom syrup, I use Amoretti brand
Preheat the oven 400 F/200 C degrees
Bake one of the layers, refer to YouTube tutorial for more info
Whisk the egg whites and sugar until meringue consistency
Add cinnamon, clove powder and mix to combine, fold in the nuts with a spatula
Divide the filling into 2 portions
Place the first pastry dough layer in 18″ x 13″″ baking pan
Add half of the meringue mixture and spread evenly
Place baked (cooled down) layer on top and add the rest of the filling , spread and place the last layer
Brush the top with 3 egg yolks, use more if needed
Using a sharp knife slice into diamond shapes
Place whole almonds or walnuts on top of each diamond to decorate (optional)
Bake at 350° F / 180° C degrees preheated oven
35-40 minutes or until golden color
Remove from the oven and pour warmed honey over baklava
Let it cool down and enjoy!