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Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam

A baklava recipe with walnuts, dates and fig jam.  This easy and tasty recipe for baklava has step-by-step instructions so that anyone may learn how to make baklava.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Baklava is a very sweet, rich pastry from the Mediterranean and Middle East.  Its origins go so far back, nobody is certain as to which area invented it.  There were many precursors to this pastry including one that used warmed milk and pomegranate juice.  This popular sweet did spread as far as the Persian and Roman Empire did.  This little delight was not to be kept a secret.

I used fig preserves and water as the syrup at the end of the recipe.  This mixture has just the right sweetness, stickiness and is easily pourable.  You can drink it with a straw too!  Oops, did I just admit that?  It also eliminates a few steps of the process.

I have never met a fig jam I didn’t like.  I especially love all of the creative varieties you can find now such as Orange, Port Wine and Balsamic Pepper.  I like to use them in this recipe, poured over goat cheese, or any soft cheese for that matter and on homemade buttermilk biscuits.  Oh!  I almost forgot, sourdough toast.  Any sourdough toast fans out there?  I digress, too excited about fig jam and baklava.

YUM!! Let’s get started:)

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Take the phyllo out of its package, unroll and trim to the size of your baking pan.  Always keep this covered with a damp kitchen towel.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Remove pits from the dates.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Place dates, walnuts and coconut in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is the size of large bread crumbs.

Set aside mixture.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Start by placing a phyllo sheet in your pan and brushing with butter.  Repeat this step 7 more times.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Add 1/5th of the filling evenly.  Repeat the process with the phyllo dough using only 6 sheets of phyllo between each layer, 1/5th of the filling and using 8 layers for the top layer, buttering between each sheet.  

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Make 3 cuts longways down the baklava making 4 columns of goodness!  then start cutting diagonally to form the diamonds.  The size of the individual pieces is up to you.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Continue in this fashion until you have a pan full of diamonds!

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Bake until golden brown in a 350F oven.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Pour fig mixture over entire baklava while the baklava is still hot.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Let sit overnight at room temperature uncovered.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

You can make this extra pretty by drizzling with honey, I won’t judge;)

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Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam. These step-by-step instructions will show you how easy it is to make this authentic Baklava recipe. Walnuts, dates and coconut make the filling with the help of a food processor and fig jam makes a wonderful baklava syrup.

Easy Baklava Recipe With Walnuts, Dates & Fig Jam

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

A baklava recipe with walnuts, dates and fig jam.  This easy and tasty recipe for baklava has step-by-step instructions so that anyone may learn how to make baklava.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups medjool date, pits removed
  • 3 cups walnuts
  • 7 oz sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 package of phyllo dough (40 sheets)
  • 1 lb of salted butter
  • 11 oz jar of fig preserves or jam
  • 1 cup water
  • honey for drizzling, optional

Instructions

  1. Place dates, walnuts and coconut in food processor and pulse until mixture is the texture of coarse bread crumbs, set aside.
  2. Take phyllo out of package and unroll.
  3. Trim to the size of your baking pan, if needed with a sharp knife.  I used a 9.5x13.5 inch casserole dish.
  4. Place a damp kitchen towel over dough.
  5. Melt butter in medium bowl in microwave and set aside.
  6. Place 1 sheet of phyllo in baking pan, brush with butter.
  7. Add 7 more sheets, buttering between each layer.
  8. Add 1/5th of the filling.  Repeat this process but only use 6 sheets of phyllo between each layer and 8 sheets on the last layer.
  9. Cut your shapes as indicated in the picture above, first by cutting the baklava lengthwise so you have 4 equal columns.  Then cut at a diagonal to make the diamonds.
  10. Bake for about 45 minutes in a preheated oven at 350.  It is done when the baklava is a crispy, golden brown.
  11. While the baklava is cooking, mix the fig preserves with the water and stir well.  When baklava is finished baking, pour fig mixture over entire baklava while it is still hot.  Let it sit, uncovered at room temperature for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 diamond
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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Jamie

Saturday 10th of October 2020

Made this, twice now, and absolutely love it!! My husband and I worked together which made it easier, definitely use a partner if you can. I have to confess that the first time we made it, we could not wait the six hours, we poured honey over and ate it right away, you just can’t go wrong! And it really looks beautiful, you won’t believe you did it yourself😌

Tina

Saturday 10th of October 2020

So glad you love it Jamie! Sounds like you two had fun:). That's exactly how I felt the first time I made this, I couldn't believe it turned out so wonderful. Bon Appetit!

Amanda Mason

Monday 23rd of October 2017

SO - Baklava is one of my FAVORITE dessert recipes EVER and I'm 100% intimidated to make them until I saw your recipe....YOURS looks doable! Ok, Printing out the recipe now! I'm going to give it a go! You've inspired me!

Carrie Ditton

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

My grandmother use to make baklava for the holidays. She been gone for several years now but with this recipe I can bring a little piece of her memory back to the holidays. Pinned.

Christine

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

Obsessed with Baklava lately! I always thought it would be hard to make, but I love how easy this recipe is. I definitely want to try it out soon!

Claire @ The Simple, Sweet Life

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

This looks absolutely divine! And I love that you topped it with a fig jam syrup!

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