Cardamom Vanilla Bean Baklava Recipe

1 pan


20 minutes


50 minutes


For the Baklava:

  • 1 package phyllo dough, fully thawed
  • 2 sticks of butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 cups mixed nuts

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Grease 9x13 dish with butter.
  3. Add nuts and cinnamon to food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  4. Measure Phyllo dough to pan and cut to size. Lay two sheets of phyllo dough on bottom of pan.
  5. Brush with butter. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of nuts across the pan. Top with 2 sheets of phyllo dough. Repeat until only 6 sheets remain. Brush top layer with butter.
  6. Use a sharp knife to slice into 4 rows and cut rows into triangles. If using a non stick pan use sharp knife on top and a plastic knife for the bottom cuts.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes until golden and crisp.
  8. While baking make sauce:
  9. Boil water and sugar until reduced by half.
  10. Add honey, vanilla bean paste, cardamom and lemon zest. Heat for 1 minute and set aside.
  11. Remove baklava from oven and while still hot pour sauce over the baklava.
  12. Allow to fully cool before serving.