Learn how to make Russian Baklava the easy way! This rolled baklava sweet, flaky and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
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Why This Recipe is Best
Baklava is a traditional Russian pastry with layer upon layer of flaky dough and a sweet, nutty filling. With all those layers, you might think making baklava at home would be time consuming and difficult. Nope!
This rolled baklava recipe is hands down the easiest and tastiest way to make delicious, authentic baklava at home.
- It starts with ready made phyllo dough.
- Filled with sugar, cinnamon and nuts.
- Rolled into logs and baked to perfection.
- Sweet powdered sugar topping.
- Tastes great with or without honey!
We keep things simple with the ingredients in our baklava recipe.
- Phyllo dough – Make sure the dough it’s totally thawed before using. I buy mine frozen then immediately place it in the refrigerator to thaw.
- Unsalted butter – This is melted and brushed over the dough to make it rich and flaky.
- Powdered sugar – We use this to sweeten the baklava filling.
- Cinnamon – Adds a hint of spice to the nutty baklava layers.
- Walnuts – You can’t have baklava without nuts!
Before assembling the baklava, pulse the walnuts and cinnamon with powdered sugar in the food processor. Save half a cup of powdered sugar for sprinkling on top of the baked baklavas.
Ready to roll the perfect Russian baklava? Here’s how.
- Lay out a sheet of phyllo dough on a clean work surface. Use a pastry brush to GENTLY brush melted butter over the dough.
- Cover it with another sheet of pastry dough. Brush with butter and repeat until you have 5 stacked sheets. Spread the walnut mixture over the top.
- Use your hands to roll the dough up tight from short end to short end. Place the rolled log in a baking dish.
- Repeat the steps above until you have 5 logs of baklava. Drizzle with the remaining butter and bake.
- Sprinkle the baked baklava immediately with powdered sugar. Let cool, then slice each rolled baklava into 4 pieces to serve.
- Sprinkle the rest of the powdered sugar over the sliced baklava. Serve with a drizzle of honey for more sweetness!
Don’t they look amazing all golden brown and crispy?
Homemade baklava tastes best enjoyed the same day it is baked. If you have leftovers, cover them loosely on the countertop and eat them the next day.
Phyllo sheets are THIN which makes them easy to tear. Be gentle with your phyllo to prevent tearing. Work slowly and gradually.
Don’t worry if your phyllo sheets rip a little as you make this recipe. When it’s rolled you won’t be able to tell! Just place the dough where it should be and brush with melted butter.
Since this recipe uses 25 sheets, you will end up with about half a box of phyllo dough leftover. You can double the baklava recipe to use the rest. Or try this Crab Puffs recipe and use phyllo sheets instead of puff pastry.
You’re going to love this easy walnut baklava recipe!
Can I do it without the walnuts? In case of a nut allergy
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How do you store after baking. do you need to keep in the fridge
I’m Greek Cypriot , born in Australia Melbourne , made baklava many many times, From bought phylo pastry to home made pastry, my mum was a keen baker, and I was always intrigued when I was younger, I had to be near her and write step by step and draw pictures to follow her recipes, because mum never wrote recipes down, when I would ask her , she would say ” a bit of this and a bit of that” no measurements or quantity
, and I took after her , God rest her Soul, my baking is my time out very theraptic,, when my husband sees me baking he knows I’m having a good day Due to multiple illnesses
It is currently in my oven! Do you think it could freeze well? I’ve got a whole other roll left and Im thinking for the future…
Oh my I made Baklava years ago what a disaster, but in the end was good. This one looks cool and easier to make thank you. Oh Amy, what a trip that looks like, lucky you. I would love to do that but…. I am so glad I found you, your site is yummy always…lol
Never liked Baklava, but this sounds more like Hungarian pastries- not too sweet. We went on this Princess cruise ,loved seeing each country- one of my favorites!!!!
This definitely is NOT crazy sweet like a traditional gooey baklava!!! And that cruise was absolutely amazing, glad you got to experience it as well 🙂
Baklava is a Turkish or Greek dish, but not Russian.
Could very well be true 🙂 But I called it Russian because that’s where we ate it and I was inspired by it from there 🙂
Your photos are amazing. The dessert would be a great end to anything! Thank you for sharing. I’ve never made balavak but I am tempted to try this.
Wishes for tasty dishes,
Awww thank you so much!!!
Do you not separate the milky part from the melted butter? . . . When I work with Middle Eastern padtries, I always scope off the milky residue.
Nope. Didn’t even know that was a thing, LOL!! Guess that makes this dish even easier 🙂
Your trip looked like heaven though I’m not a big traveler. I’m doing the recipe this week for hungry boys!!
Enjoy the treats 🙂
This looks like it would melt in your mouth! Yum! Your trip looked like it was so much fun!!!
They really are delicious. And the trip was BEYOND fun 🙂
So, I confess that I checked out the baklava when I saw the picture from St. Petersburg. I took a small group of students to Russia for 10 days in 2003…best spring break ever. Next time, try to get to Moscow too because it is more Russian than European. I agree with you about the food & I never saw this baklava. I fell in love with baklava after living in Turkey & this recipe definitely looks easier than others. Thanks for posting it.
Unfortunately, the excursions to Moscow booked up FAST! However, spending two days in St.Petersburg was amazing, especially being able to see all the castles and churches! You’ll have to try this baklava, it’s so good!!!!
Oh my goodness. I love baklava and always get it when I see it on a dessert menu. I might just have to make it at home now. It always seemed a little intimidating to me, but your recipe is very approachable! Thank you for sharing. Your trip looked wonderful. 🙂
This recipe is fool proof, especially since you just roll the baklava up!!