Baklava is one my favorite indulgences with its crusty layers and sweet honey nut filling. At the beginning of summer, there’s a Greek festival by the National Cathedral and each year, I go eat my weight in souvlaki and leave with a slice of baklava for later. Read: to be eaten about 5 seconds after I arrive home if it makes it that far. Baklava can be intimidating to make with all those layers so let’s lazy girl hack the heck out of it!
Puff pastry, in case you’re wondering, is gift from above. Sweet, savory, puff pastry can do it all. So much room for activities!!!!
Okay enough gushing, let’s get down to business…to defeat the Huns.
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey (additional honey to top)
1 sheet puff pastry
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small saucepan, melt 1/2 cup of butter. Add the chopped walnuts and vanilla extract and stir. After about a minute, add the 1/2 cup of honey.
On a baking sheet, place the puff pastry sheet and fold over the edge about 1/4 of an inch to create a “frame.”
Drain some of the liquid from the saucepan. Scoop the walnut mixture and spread inside the frame.
Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden brown.
Once out of the oven, drizzle with honey.
Melt from happiness, honey and sweet, sweet hints of vanilla. Pass the ice cream, please! My diet starts tomorrow, promise…
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