Jan 8 2021 - 7:50am

Joanna Gaines's Baklava

Joanna Gaines


I used roasted pistachios because I was unable to find raw.

Joanna Gaines Baklava Recipe and Photos


  1. For the Baklava:
    1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) whole raw almonds, toasted
    1 2/3 cups (8 ounces) raw pistachios, plus 3 tablespoons chopped toasted pistachios
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 1/2 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
    One 16-ounce package frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  1. For the Honey Syrup:
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 cup good-quality raw honey
    One 3-inch strip orange peel (with pith)
    1 tablespoon fresh orange juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine the almonds, 1 2/3 cups of pistachios, sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and pulse until finely chopped, about 12 times, leaving some of the nuts in larger pieces.
  2. Brush a 9x13-inch baking pan generously with some of the melted butter. Lay the phyllo sheets on a piece of plastic wrap and cover with another piece of plastic wrap followed by a damp towel. Place one sheet of phyllo on the bottom of the prepared pan and trim it to fit. Brush generously with melted butter and repeat with five more sheets of phyllo, gently pressing them on top of each other.
  3. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the nut mixture (about one cup). Top the nut mixture with a phyllo sheet and brush it generously with butter. Repeat with five more phyllo sheets.
  4. Repeat with another 1/3 of the nut mixture and six phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle with the remaining nut mixture.
  5. Top with 10 phyllo sheets, brushing each sheet generously with butter. (Reserve the remaining phyllo for another use.)
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut the phyllo layers into 24 squares. Cut each square in half on the diagonal. Bake until golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Set the baklava pan on a wire rack.
  7. Meanwhile, make the honey syrup (the syrup should be ready when the baklava comes out of the oven.) In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, one cup of water, and the orange peel. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the orange juice. Discard the orange peel.
  8. Slowly pour all the warm syrup over the hot baklava, covering the entire surface. Sprinkle the chopped toasted pistachios on top.
  9. Let stand at room temperature on a wire rack for at least four hours or up to overnight before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

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