Food.com offers an authentic recipe for Greek baklava that uses a sugar-based syrup and cloves for decoration. Kraft offers a recipe for sweet cheese baklava that uses cream cheese and honey.Continue Reading
To make traditional Greek baklava, mix 300 grams of chopped walnuts, 200 grams of dry breadcrumbs and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and set the mixture aside. Place 5 sheets of phyllo dough in a large pan. Butter each sheet, and line the sides of the pan. Spread half the nut filling over the dough, and cover it with 3 sheets of pastry. Spoon on the remaining filling, and cover it with 5 sheets. Trim around the edges, cut the baklava into triangles, and place a whole clove in every third piece. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. To make the syrup, boil together 2 cups of water, 4 cups of sugar and juice from one lemon.
To make sweet cheese baklava, mix 1 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg for the filling. Beat together 16 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Layer 12 sheets of phyllo dough in a 13- by 9-inch pan, brushing each sheet with melted butter and sprinkling it with 1 tablespoon of filling. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Drizzle with honey, and cool before serving.Learn more about Desserts