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Puff Pastry Baklava

We didn't have filo dough, but really wanted baklava, so we used the Trader Joe's puff pastry and it turned out really good!


  • Dough

  • One roll of Trader Joe's puff pastry dough

  • Filling

  • 16 oz walnuts

  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 orange zest

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • Syrup

  • Equal parts honey, water and sugar

  • Citrus rind

  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F

  2. Add the walnuts, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, orange zest, and vanilla into a food processor

  3. Blend until evenly mixed

  4. Roll out the puff pastry so it is paper thin

  5. Cut to be the size of your baking dish

  6. Brush with butter (for each layer of dough)

  7. Cover the dough with the walnut mixture

  8. Cover the walnut mixture with another layer of dough

  9. Repeat as many times as desired (we did 3 layers of dough)

  10. Cut a diamond pattern into the dough

  11. Bake until the top is crispy (sorry we didn't have a recipe and just eyeballed it)

  12. Mix water, honey, sugar, orange rind, and vanilla in a sauce pan

  13. Bring to a simmer

  14. Once the baklava is done, pour the syrup mixture over the dough


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