Dec 24, 2012

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #14 with Baklava Recipe

My husband and I have a long-standing tradition of making baklava together for Christmas day. This year, he assembled while I photographed the process. ☺ 
These are all of the components of the baklava prior to assembly.
Ingredients for layering
1 (16 oz) pkg phyllo dough (use both packages in the box)

1 cup melted butter (2 sticks)
1 pound chopped walnuts (finely chopped in a food processor)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ingredients for sauce
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract or 1/2 vanilla bean
½ cup honey
some orange peel and lemon peel
juice of ½ a lemon
1 cinnamon stick
whole cloves for final touch

Directions for Sauce
In saucepan over medium heat, mix water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat and add vanilla, honey, citrus peels, lemon juice & cinnamon stick. Simmer gently for 20 minutes. Remove from heat to cool & remove citrus and cinnamon stick.

Assembly Instructions
Preheat oven to 300°F. 
 Chop nuts in food processor and toss with cinnamon. Set aside.
Butter the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. (one with square edges is better than rounded like the glass pan we used)
 Unroll phyllo dough, keep covered with a damp towel while working.
Reserve 6-8 sheets of phyllo dough for the top layer. Cover & set aside.
 Layer 8 sheets of phyllo dough on the bottom, buttering each sheet with melted butter.
Sprinkle approximately 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top.
 Add two more sheets of phyllo, buttering each individually.
 **Press each sheet down firmly before buttering.**
Add a layer of nuts as shown. 
Add two more sheets of dough, pressing, buttering & nutting. ☺
Repeat until nuts are gone, then place the remaining 6-8 layers on top, buttering each.

Using a very sharp knife, cut according to diagram below. 
Poke one clove into center of each triangle.

Bake for approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours or until golden brown, remove from oven & immediately pour cooled sauce over the hot baklava.
Pay no attention to the cutting pattern in this photo. 
the diagram was not closely followed.

This Week's Featured Blogs
You are some hard-core bloggers- even in the busy week leading up to Christmas, you still managed to link up nearly 300 posts! Thank you all for taking the time to share your talents!

This week's featured blogs are welcome to grab the Clever Chicks Featured button for their blog!

Hanging ornament clusters from Practical Stewardship.
Olive Cheese Puffs from Ms. enPlace.
Secret Recipe for Caramel Candy from Serenity Cove.
Lemon Green Tea Soap instructions from She's Gone Digital.

Clever Chicks Blog Hop #14
You’re invited to LINK UP!
Despite the title, this is an equal-opportunity link party!
The Chicken Chick
How to Link-up
Share your clever ideas, DIY projects, recipes, tutorials, decorating tips, Etsy store creations, stories about your families, chickens, farm animals or other pets! 
No linky parties or items for sale other than Etsy creations, please.

Please use the direct link to your blog post, not to your blog’s home page; 
we want to be able to find your clever post!

If you have trouble linking up, please email me the URL to your post and I will add it for you-

About Featured Blogs
My favorite posts will be FEATURED on Clever Chicks next week! I will also pin them to my “Clever Chicks” Pinterest board. The featured bloggers are invited to brag about how clever they are by posting the Clever Chicks "Featured” button on their blogs!
The Chicken Chick
Lavender Garden Cottage


  1. Hi Kathy I subscribe to your blog via email and every week look forward to participate in your party. Thank you for hosting!

  2. I'm already a follower by RSS feed at My Yahoo, and I love your blog! You're so very helpful to this new chicken owner. The slate wall hanging looks great - thanks for the giveaway! (I LOVE BAKLAVA) :)

  3. I wish you a Merry Christmas!
    And thanks for hosting.
    Hugs from Germany!

  4. Debbie Barna12/24/12, 6:48 AM

    I am already a Follower via google  I would love to be entered in your generous giveaway! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  5. winnie rottem12/24/12, 7:07 AM

    Thanks for the party Kathy

    I looooooove your baklava - it's a very popular dessert here :)
    Have a wonderful holiday with your family

  6. When am I getting my yummy treat?? ;)

  7. Evelyn @ My Turn (for us)12/24/12, 9:26 AM

    I love baklava!!   Thank you for hosting and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!

  8. I already follow you by email, and I'd love to enter! Thanks Chicken Chick!

    I will be sharing in the Clever Chick's Blog Hop as well!

  9. Kristi Brierley12/24/12, 9:55 AM

    I'm a follower.  Cute giveaway!

  10. chalkbuttepottery12/24/12, 10:16 AM

    I subscribe to the blog! Beautiful decoration! Merry Christmas!

  11. DianaRambles12/24/12, 10:19 AM

    Thanks for the party! Merry Christmas!!

  12. Michelle Meche12/24/12, 10:22 AM

    Thank you for the feature, Kathy!  I don't have anything to link up this week--probably not until after the New Year.  Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    My aunt introduced me to baklava when I was 7.  It was instant love.

  13. Love the red cardinals plaque!  Appreciate your Blog!

  14. Kimberly Nelson12/24/12, 11:49 AM

    I just love your blogs... I have learned so much!!!

  15. We love baklava.  My husband is a master at making it!  Really super yummy!

  16. Ann Reynolds12/24/12, 1:12 PM

    We do waffles as a tradition. I know waffles are waffles but the recipe is from my grandmother and you make them Christmas Eve (not like you don't have anything to do.)

  17. being from mo. i think this bird is great love your blog it is always informative and interesting  i get emails and follow on fb  happy holidays

  18. vickie morgan12/24/12, 1:57 PM

    I get your emails and I love to read them all!  This is such a pretty hanging

  19. Wow, another beautiful wall hanging, thank you!

  20. I love Baklava
    I don't know how you do it,, You are one buzy lady...   thanks for posting

  21. joely pentlow12/24/12, 4:22 PM

    Baklava looks delicious!  Great joint effort. 

  22. Samantha Houston12/24/12, 5:21 PM

    I feel like everywhere i look people are talking about baklava...not only do i have major cravings now but it is my fave dessert dish. Also I already follow your RSS feed in my google reader

  23. Looks great.  Now my husband knows what baklava is. :)

  24. Salome honeycutt12/24/12, 7:19 PM

    Yum, you made it look so easy. Love Baklava...

  25. Hello, and thank you for inviting me back! The backlava sounds pretty good. This is a food that I have never tried. Next time I go to the store I will have to pick up the stuff to make it. Thank you for the recipe.

     Garrett  @TheGrowingPatch

  26. Sounds good! Merry Christmas!

  27. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:56 PM

    Merry Christmas Amy!

  28. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:57 PM

    Merry Christmas Lola!

  29. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:57 PM

    That sounds like a lovely tradition, Ann. ♥

  30. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:58 PM

    Lucky you, Kathy!

  31. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:58 PM

    Thanks Kimberly!

  32. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:58 PM

    My pleasure,Michelle. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  33. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:59 PM

    My pleasure,Michelle. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  34. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:59 PM

    Thanks for joining us Krist!

  35. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 10:59 PM

    Merry Christmas Evelyn!

  36. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 11:00 PM

    Merry Christmas Winnie!

  37. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 11:00 PM

    You're entered Debbie! Merry Christmas. :)

  38. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 11:01 PM

    That makes me so happy to receive holiday wishes form Germany, thank you and Merry Christmas to you too!

  39. TheChickenChick12/24/12, 11:02 PM

    Thank you for linking up, Lizy! It's so nice to have you with us!

  40. Great tutorial. Love the walnuts and phyllo. Not a big fan of honey though, so I'm not so crazy about Baklava, but maybe I'll make it for friends and neighbors! ;-)

  41. Linking up on Christmas day! Thank you! Enjoy the holidays!

  42. I've been a Facebook follower for a while now, but I just subscribed for e-mail. The cardinal plaque is beautiful and perfectly matches some dishes I have! Also, I love baklava and used to get it for dessert at a restaurant where we used to live. The thought of making it myself was a little intimidating. Now I will give it a go!

  43. Merry Christmas! Your baklava looks delicious!

  44. RSS feed follower.
    Gingeroo616 at AOL dotcom

  45. Thanks so much for stopping by Kathy. What a lovely tradition, I'm ashamed to say I've never tried baclava but it looks delicious :)

  46. Growing up I had a friend from Greece I remember her mom making baklava quite challenging. Yours looks incredible.

  47. Wow, thanks for featuring my Lemon Green Tea Crock Pot soap!  Your Baklava sounds heavenly =)

  48. Stacy Hester12/27/12, 1:08 AM

    Would love to win that Welcome sign!

  49. TheChickenChick12/27/12, 9:45 AM

    I'm sure your friend's mother made the phyllo from scratch, which is truly a labor of love.

  50. TheChickenChick12/27/12, 9:46 AM

    You've never had baklava, Shirley?! It's time to change that! :)

  51. Oh my how pretty !!! Thanks for this beautiful giveaway, Kathy !!! Love it, as usual ! Happy Happy Henny New Year !!!!!

  52. Some terrific ideas, and I may actually attempt the baklava since you gave such detailed instructions!  Already subscribed and read the quarantine article just his morning :-)

  53. Joyce Zaleski12/27/12, 4:23 PM

    What a beautiful wall slate. I thought I had entered this giveaway but couldn't find my entry so if by chance there is another please feel free to delete one. Thanks so much and Happy New Year!!

  54. Rachel Dennis12/27/12, 6:30 PM

    Never even heard of the stuff, but might give it a try. and love the sign.

  55. Thanks so much for the invite! Have a great weekend:)


  56. Christina Fisher12/27/12, 9:00 PM

    Thanks! Love the recipe....

  57. Thanks so much for featuring my homemade caramel candy this week.
    Love the slate wall hanging!

  58. Thanks for the invite. I love the sign and the recipe sounds delicious. I am now one of your new followers. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower . I wish you all the best in 2013, Happy New Years.

  59. Julie Baswell12/28/12, 11:11 AM

    Kathy, thanks for the hop invite, and for following me at I Create Purty Thangs.  I tried to linkup to the hop but for some reason I couldn't.  I am now following you  by GFC.

  60. Thank you for the invite, I have linked up and followed! 
    I love all your knowledge about Chickens that you share.

  61. Carmella Mares12/28/12, 3:46 PM

    I have been thinking of something to take into the office in January and I think you Baklava is just the ticket.  Thanks for posting it.

  62. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 12:53 PM

    Cool! You're going to be a hero in the office, Carmella!

  63. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 12:53 PM

    Thanks so much for linking up!

  64. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 12:56 PM

    Thanks for trying to link up, Julie; I can help you with it, sometimes it's just a matter of changing browsers.

  65. Lori @ Our Heritage of Health12/29/12, 12:58 PM

    Thanks for hosting, Kathy! This week I've linked up a post on the benefits of using a natural, old-fashioned boar-bristle hairbrush.

  66. Dianna Ellis12/29/12, 1:37 PM

    That Baklava looks so yummy!! I hve been a follower of your blog for a long time. a continue to learn alot:)

  67. Love this posting and the cardinals

  68. Susie HomeMaker12/29/12, 2:55 PM

    Thank you for following my blog. And inviting me to your blog hop. It looks like a great and fun party to be a part of.  Your give away also looks so nice! I love baklava, but have never attempted it. This is a great tutorial and I think I can give it a try.

  69. TheChickenChick12/29/12, 5:16 PM

    Thanks for linking up Susie!!

  70. OH MY..
    I ate TONS of this when I lived in Greece for 8 years...When will you be baking another batch and putting it up
    for delivery on FB/G+ ???  Ha ha ha.. :)~Michael.. ....

  71. Cardinals are fantastic!  What a lovely plaque!  Already subscribe via email and your recipe sure sounds fantastic - am I brave enough to tackle it?! Have a great New Year and thanks for all the helpful chicken info!! My girls are blessed by your expertise ;-)

  72. I love baklava. Maybe I will try to make it this year. You make it look easy with your step by step directions.

  73. My husband and I LOVE Baklava, but I've never even looked up how to make it because I thought it would be too complicated.  I have to give it a try now.

    p.s. the wall hanging is SO cute!

  74. Hello!  I'm now following your blog as well.  Thanks for coming to Harvest Lane Cottage!

  75. TheChickenChick12/30/12, 8:17 PM

    Thanks for joining me, Laura, nice to have you here!

  76. Jenn Sprouse12/31/12, 12:35 PM

    So glad to have found you- look forward to following and a huge thank you fo following me. Will link up on your next go around!

  77. TheChickenChick12/31/12, 9:50 PM

    Thanks Jenn, I look forward to your posts!

  78. TheChickenChick12/31/12, 10:01 PM

    It is very easy, Jennifer. Keeping it in the house...not so easy! LOL

  79. TheChickenChick12/31/12, 10:01 PM

    It IS easy, Deb!

  80. TheChickenChick12/31/12, 10:01 PM

    Happy New Year, Linda!

  81. TheChickenChick12/31/12, 10:02 PM

    LOL! Nice try. ;)

  82. Hi Kathy! Thanks for checking out and following my blod, Hope Machine! Also thanks for letting me know about your blog. It's really pretty inspiring, not to mention comprehensive! I look forward to reading it on a regular basis.
    Happy New Year!

  83. Vanessa Torres1/6/13, 11:54 PM

    thanks for finding my blog

  84. TheChickenChick1/8/13, 11:38 PM

    Thanks so much Phil, it's nice to have you with us!

  85. Elyse Kelley1/9/13, 5:13 PM

    I love your blog! I'm glad that you found mine so that I could check yours out! And your baklava sounds amazing... my hubs and I are huge fans of it too!

  86. TheChickenChick1/10/13, 10:04 PM

    Thank you, Elyse, it's nice having you with me!

  87. Sandy Scofield12/22/13, 4:56 PM

    Thank you for the BAKLAVA recipe.

  88. TheChickenChick12/22/13, 8:30 PM

    My pleasure. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we do, Bonnie. Merry Christmas!

  89. TheChickenChick12/22/13, 8:32 PM

    My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by, Sandy!

  90. I will be making this for new years, thanks for posting this

  91. TheChickenChick12/24/13, 12:43 PM

    My pleasure. Enjoy!

  92. I made this and it is delicious, can you please clarify something though. The ingredients call for some lemon and orange zest, but directions say add citrus peel to sauce and the pic also shows peel. I was just wondering if you do both and how much zest do you use, is it from one, two, or more lemons and oranges?

  93. TheChickenChick12/27/13, 11:04 PM

    That's a good point, Loretta. We don't use zest, just the peel. The amount is really up to you.

  94. Wow I simply have to make this!!!

  95. KATHY! Your baklava looks fabulous!! It's one of my MANY weaknesses. The crisp, the sweet, the nuts. YUM!! Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFridays. I hope you can link up again with us link and see if you were featured! - Christie

  96. Mary Denman12/8/14, 9:44 PM

    Kathy, I'm so excited to see this recipe! My neighbors growing up were Greek and Mrs. Kanos, my neighbor across the street, taught me how to make Baklava. I lost the recipe but this looks like it! Spreading the nuts every couple of layers was key. So I'm thrilled to see this recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

  97. Cool! My pleasure. I hope it brings back some fond memories! :)


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