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This is for all my Baklava lovers, you know who you are.
Many of you don’t know this, but this was the second blog post I ever published, and one of the main reasons I started my blog in the first place! I had no idea how to start and where to begin (clearly based on the terrible setup, pictures, and content- wow you guys really put up with me hehe). BUT I knew I had to start somewhere with this recipe because this Baklava is just… well I don’t say this about all my desserts, but my favorite. If I had to choose one dessert, it would be this baklava…every time. Yup.
Now, I’m really not trying to brag here, people. It’s been a lot of trial and error and attempts at perfecting cause: 1) no, I’m not Greek or Arabic, and 2) this wasn’t a passed down family recipe. It was simply a handful of recipes I found through my endless wonderings on Pinterest mixed with a few extra ingredients of my choice (which I’m guilty of doing to ALL my recipes!) to turn it into the ultimate baklava recipe (oh and I can’t take full credit here, since my mama was a big help in this process too). I really don’t mean to say that the recipes I found weren’t good, they just weren’t up to my standards. What are my standards, you ask? Well, a whole lot of butter, cinnamon, chocolate and that bad-for-you dessert. I’m really not into healthy dessert. To me, its an oxymoron…like jumbo shrimp…it just doesn’t make sense haha. There is a time and a place for healthy, but not when it comes to Baklava. So if this is really not your thing, then I understand. Otherwise just try the recipe already, would you? You can thank me later. 😉
Ok, now you’re probably wondering how this baklava obsession came into my life, right? Well, it all started when a group of my friends and I would regularly eat at this local, shabby, Greek restaurant near our high school (yes, this dates back to high school). It eventually became a common place for us to dine, because we loved the authentic food and desserts. That was when I discovered baklava. I honestly never tried it before and I was torn. 17 years of living on God’s green earth and I never tried such a delicacy? Seriously I lived under a rock. Well, being the ambitious 17-year-old I that I was, I decided to try making baklava. Needless to say, there were many attempts until we (mama and I) finally mastered it. And boy do we feel happy about having a go-to dessert. It’s just the best…end of story.
Now if you’re wondering what makes this baklava so praiseworthy, wonder no more. Pictures will only do so much justice…you need to try it…then you’ll be convinced! It’s simply different than any baklava you’ll have ever tried because it’s SUPER moist, has a layer of chocolate, a rich taste of cinnamon and maple, along with a mixture of pecans and walnuts. It’s pretty untraditional, but not apologizing for that. 😉 I’ve seen/tried many dry, flavorless, and ugly baklavas. Sorry, it’s true, and I’m sure you have too. So I was determined to master a recipe that was the opposite of that…deliciously moist and full of flavour!
If you’re not convinced by now, then read it again, and let’s try this out together! Follow my fail-proof recipe…I [double] dare you…and tell me if I’m wrong! 😉
Prepare your working space; trim your dough, melt butter, and prepare nut mixture.
Order of layers:
It’s really just 3 basic steps when it comes to the layers;
Making sure to use 2 sheets of dough at a time, besides the last layer.
Start off by spreading the butter along the sides and bottom of the dish, then begin with the layers (school down for full recipe).
Once nut mixture is done, melt chocolate and add the chocolate layer.
Continue with the dough/butter layers until you run out. Use only 1 sheet of dough for the last layer. Then cut into pieces before placing in oven. Begin preparing your syrup.
Place in oven, and voi-la! Dont forget to pour over the syrup immediately after taking it out of the oven. Then, garnish!
I know. The title sounds so overwhelming and too “healthy” for a dessert. Or the title could be totally deceiving and this is just another bland, dry, weird tasting gluten/dairy free and vegan dessert… but it’s not, I promise. I definitely wouldn’t be sharing it if it wasn’t up to OH LA FEMME standards. Common, you guys should know me by now, riiiiight? I always post bad-for-you desserts with no regrets (like my Baklava and Chocolate Salted Pecan Cake, for example). But it’s the new year, new goals, and I really wanted to limit my sugar intake, while satisfying my baking (at least once a week) obsession. Also, I have a few friends that are on strict diets or have intolerances and I love to be a good host and cater to them too…cause I’m the do-it-all-wifey. 😉
Anyways, I was on the lookout for a free-of-everything recipe for months. I tried several cookie recipes (flop), a couple cakes that tasted really weird, and got sooo frustrated with the endless ingredient list that I needed to buy in order to make one recipe (it was so annoying and not to mention, expensive too). So I gave up on buying gluten-free flours, xanthan gum, and agave — they just weren’t making me happy. I simply wanted a recipe that suited what I had in my pantry, and of course, one that tasted normal. Is that too much to ask for? Well, if you’ve tried g/f, d/f vegan recipes, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
And then I came across a recipe. I made it, changed it up to my preference (cause that’s just my style), and bam. This gluten/dairy free, vegan, paleo- whatever you wanna call it, was incredible! And the best part? It tastes just as good as a bad-for-you dessert. I was so happy! My husband didn’t even know and was impressed too. And let me tell you, he isn’t usually a fan of “healthy” desserts. And I don’t blame him, but the fact that he said he couldn’t even notice, was kind of a big deal.
So now I have this awesome go-to dessert for those days when I need a sugar fix (without the regrets) and catering to a variety of my crowds. Everybody wins, and tummies are happy. 🙂
If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. 😉
Have a wonderful Monday!
I can’t believe Christmas is so soon! Is anyone else excited?!
I was inspired to create this baking series because of the joy of baking sweet and pretty things, my obsession with delicious desserts, and sharing recipes that I know many will love. After all, sharing is caring. 🙂
Growing up, Christmas time was always a busy season for us. With all the choir recitals, Christmas parties, gift shopping, holiday rush and baking, made this time of year filled with anticipation and excitement. Not much has changed for me now, even though I am miles away from my family and living in California, I still find myself busy as ever.
Ever since I was young, I can remember my mom busily preparing and baking for family get-togethers, and giving away trays of desserts. I loved watching, and helping when I could. Baking was always popular in my family, and I’m happy to have had the passion for baking passed on to me. It can be very therapeutic at times. 🙂
I have gathered these recipes that have reminded me of Christmas over the years, or traditional desserts that I thought you might love for this holiday. Also, desserts make great and affordable gifts for anyone. I find that they mean a lot more as gifts, knowing that effort and the time was put into making them, simply to be enjoyed!
So follow along, even though it’s a busy time of year, and share your favourite recipes with others too (or you can pin them on Pinterest!).
Here is the list of the 12 Days of Christmas Baking desserts:
(click on the links for the recipe)
Day 10: Ferro Rocher Truffles
Day 12: Overnight Baked French Toast
Or if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, what about my favorite recipe of all time… Baklava!
Happy baking everyone! 🙂