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Baklava – Sweet Filo Pastry with Walnuts

Prep time 10 mins, cook time 40 mins

Serves 6



This is a straightforward to make dessert using filo pastry and nuts. It can be cut up and taken on a picnic as a delicious snack.


For the filling

  • 150g walnuts chopped
  • 25g fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 1 ½ tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 50g butter or vegan margarine
  • 225g filo pastry

For the syrup

  • 125g caster sugar
  • 250ml water
  • 1 ½ tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 5cm piece cinnamon stick


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5.
  2. Mix the walnuts with the breadcrumbs, 1 ½ tbsp sugar, ground cinnamon and ground cloves.
  3. Brush a deep square metal tin (approx. 7” x 7”) with butter or vegan margarine and lay in one sheet of filo and brush with melted vegan margarine. Repeat for 6 layers.
  4. Sprinkle on ½ the walnut mixture. Add 3 more layers of filo, brushing each one with margarine. Sprinkle on the remaining nut mixture, and build up another 6 layers of pastry as before. Tuck the ends in under the top sheet or trim to neaten. Brush the top sheet with melted vegan margarine and using a sharp knife cut through the top layers before cooking in a diamond pattern, as filo is very messy to cut once cooked.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes and then reduce heat to 180°C/gas mark 4 for a further 10 minutes.
  6. Put all syrup ingredients into a pan and boil gently for 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar and maple syrup.
  7. Allow the syrup to cool a little then pour over the cooked baklava and leave it to soak in.

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