For some people their favorites desserts involve dense layers of chocolate or mile-high cheesecakes. For me it's all about the baklava. In college I worked at a Middle-Eastern coffee shop and fell hard for the stuff. I would treat myself to a piece every Sunday after my evening shift finished. I usually ate it on my walk home or with a cup of coffee while writing papers late into the night.
I've never attempted to make my own but I thought this year I'd give it a go. I wanted to find a recipe that would get me results similar to the baklava I enjoyed every Sunday. I can say that this recipe certainly delivers. My only quibble is that the nut layers overpowered the pastry layers. When I make it again, I will reduce this amount from 1 1/2 cups to considerably less.
And while this might not be a typical holiday treat, I think it will become a holiday tradition in our house. It's not difficult to make, but it's best to have an extra set of hands helping you out as you build the layers. If you ask me, it's the perfect holiday activity for a cold December day with Nat King Cole crooning in the background. This baklava only improved with time (not that it stuck around for very long).
This recipe makes a LOT of baklava so you'll have plenty to share with friends and family. Enjoy!
Adapted from Gourmet