Easy Baklava Recipe with Inexpensive Ingredients

Easy Peanut Butter Baklava

Baklava is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made from layers of phyllo dough and chopped nuts. It's a lot of work and can be quite costly, depending on the type of nuts chosen. This easy mock Baklava recipe allows you to make a baklava-inspired dessert more easily using inexpensive ingredients. If peanut allergies prohibit the use of peanut butter, other nut butters can be substituted. Enjoy!

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Easy Baklava Recipe with Inexpensive Ingredients
Easy Baklava Recipe with Inexpensive Ingredients.

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Baklava Ingredients

       1/2 c. sugar
       1/4 c. honey
       1/2 c. water
       1 T lemon juice
       1 cinnamon stick
       2 whole cloves
       1/2 t vanilla

       1/4 c. crunchy peanut butter
       1/4 c. butter
       1/4 c. chopped peanuts (opt.)
       1 t. ground cinnamon

1 carton flaky biscuits

Easy Peanut Butter Baklava Recipe
Easy Peanut Butter Baklava Recipe.

1.  Bake biscuits at 350 degrees F until no longer doughy but not golden brown.  If the tops get hard, you can just discard the top layer later.  Allow the biscuits to cool.  Leave the oven hot.
2.  While the biscuits are baking, start to prepare the syrup:
      a.  Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
      b.  Turn the stove to medium.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.
      c.  Continue to heat with occasional stirring until the syrup reaches 225 degrees F, or until the syrup thickens.
      d.  Remove the syrup from the heat.
3.  Prepare the filling:
      a.  Melt the butter in a small bowl in a microwave at low power.
      b.  Stir in the peanut butter, cinnamon, and extra peanuts, if desired.
4.  Prepare the baklava:
      a. Lightly grease a small baking dish.  I used a 6" x 6" square dish.
      b.  Peel about half of the biscuits into layers.  Cut them in half if using a square dish.
      c.  Put a layer of biscuits in the bottom of the pan.  Be sure to fill up the edges of the pan so the syrup doesn't pool at the edges later.
      d.  Spread a thin layer of filling on top of the biscuits.
      e.  Continue to alternate biscuit layers and filling until the filling is consumed, layering more biscuits if needed.  End with a layer of biscuits.  I did not use the whole container.
      f.  Pour the syrup on the baklava.
5.   Bake in 350 degrees F oven for 10 minutes.
6.  Allow the baklava to cool completely.  ut the baklava into desired shapes.


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