Pecan Pie Baklava is a delicious dessert that combines the flaky layers of traditional baklava with the rich and nutty flavors of pecan pie. Baklava is a popular dessert in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, and it is believed to have originated in ancient Assyria. The dessert has since spread throughout the world, and it is now enjoyed in many different cultures.
To make Pecan Pie Baklava, you will need the following ingredients:
1 cup chopped pecans (available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08G4X9JYP)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 package phyllo dough (available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C32NQK2)
You will also need the following kitchen equipment:
9x13 inch baking dish (available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LGLHUA0)
Pastry brush (available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MQG5L58)
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the chopped pecans, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter and vanilla extract.
To assemble the baklava, brush a layer of melted butter onto the bottom of your baking dish. Lay a sheet of phyllo dough on top of the butter, and brush it with more butter. Repeat this process until you have used half of your phyllo dough.
Sprinkle half of the pecan mixture evenly over the top of the phyllo dough layers. Add another layer of phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with butter as before. Repeat the process with the remaining pecan mixture, then finish by layering the remaining phyllo dough on top, brushing each sheet with butter.
Using a sharp knife, cut the baklava into diamond-shaped pieces. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
While the baklava is baking, make the honey syrup. In a small saucepan, mix together the honey, brown sugar, and water. Heat the mixture over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Once the baklava is finished baking, remove it from the oven and immediately pour the honey syrup over the top. Allow the baklava to cool completely before serving.
This Pecan Pie Baklava recipe is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, but it's important to note that it is a high-calorie dessert. If you're looking for a healthier alternative, consider using a sugar substitute or reducing the amount of sugar in the recipe. Additionally, if you have any nut allergies, you can substitute the pecans with another type of nut or leave them out altogether.
Enjoy this delicious dessert with a cup of coffee or tea, and savor the flavors of this classic Middle Eastern dessert with a southern twist!