To break out of the norm, this baklava is made from hazelnuts and pistachios. Baklava is known to be cloyingly sweet, this one is no different. Serve with Greek coffee for the perfect treat.
Pistachio is my favorite nut. Hazelnut is my second favorite. And I've never had Baklava. Clearly I had to make this recipe! I made my first batch on Thanksgiving '09. The only things I did differently was use a 13x9x2" pan, omit the whole cloves, and I cut mine in squares. The 1st time I made it (not knowing any better) I ran out of butter before putting on the last top 8 layers. So I had to melt an additional stick of butter. Yeah it was so buttery that when you cut it with a fork buttery goodness would seep out. Everyone LOVED IT. They had seconds and took some with them for the road trip back home. I had left over nuts and left over syrup from the 1st batch - so I made it again (last night): This time I had left over butter as the recipe indicated I would: "Heat the remaining melted butter until boiling, and drizzle it evenly over the whole pan". I only poured half of what I had left over. This time around I dusted the top with left over nut/sugar mix. The cooking time 1:15 was too much and it made the top layer a bit brown instead of golden. Didn't taste any different. I would check it after an hour, if it risen and golden, pull it. I would not use whole cloves to garnish (useless unless edible. Use extra pistachios). T This was excellent, and very impressive to make for others. It doesn't take that long to make and it's not hard to make either. The layering takes a bit and I'm a bit forgetful so keeping count of layers was the only frustrating part. - 07 Dec 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
This recipe had a great flavor but it was swimming in liquid. You need to increase the honey and reduce the water. 2 1/2 cups of water is excessive. I had to pour off excess liquid. 1-1/2 cups is more than enough. - 29 Dec 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I've made this a few times and it always disappears. Pistachios are great, and I have used other nuts like walnuts if I have no hazelnuts. I'm glad I found it again, it will make a great Thanksgiving gift! - 22 Nov 2009 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)