These quick and easy baklava pastries start with store-bought puff pastry and take just a short time to put together. With all the flavours of classic Baklava, in easy, pastry form!
Earlier this week, I shared a trio of quick and easy savoury puff pastry treats. Since I had one roll of puff pastry left, I decided to bake up something sweet. These Quick and Easy Baklava Pastries have all the wonderful flavours of classic Baklava, in an easy to make and eat pastry.
Classic baklava is made with phyllo dough, and the process of making it is definitely a labour of love. These quick pastries start with easy, store-bought puff pastry instead, but keep the same great flavours of the classic. Brushing them with warm honey as soon as they come out of the oven creates wonderful flavour.
You may have better shopping options than I do, but the only way I could get roasted, salted pistachios was to buy them in the shell and un-shell them myself.
Your pastry sticks may fall over a bit as they bake, but not to worry. It just adds to the character :)
When working with puff pastry, it’s most important to keep it as cool as possible. That’s why we just work on it a bit, then chill in between steps. Don’t skimp on this part, for the best results.
If you like, you can make these up to the final chilling stage and freeze them to bake later. Simply place the baking sheet in the freezer instead of the fridge. Leave for 30-45 minutes, then transfer the pastries to a freezer bag. To bake, simply place frozen pastry on a baking sheet and bake per the recipe, allowing a few extra minutes as they are starting from frozen.
Want to change it up? Instead of baking as sticks, try them as twists. Simply skip the scoring part. After you cut them in strips, grab both ends of the strip and twist it a few times. Place on baking sheet. Chill as usual. Brush with egg wash and bake.
Get the Recipe: Quick and Easy Baklava Pastries
- 1 10x10-inch roll all-butter puff pastry, thawed
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup roasted salted pistachios
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp water
- 1/4 cup honey, warmed
- Combine all the filling ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- Unroll puff pastry on a lightly floured cutting board. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle the prepared filling evenly over just the bottom half of the square. Fold the uncovered top half of the puff pastry over the filled half, lining up the edges. Place the pastry block, still on the cutting board, in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Remove pastry from the refrigerator. Using a sharp knife, score the top of the pastry by making diagonal score lines about 1 inch apart, then repeating making diagonal score lines in the other direction, making a diamond patern on the top of the dough. Be careful not to cut all the way through to the filling.
- Trim the 3 unfolded edges by about 1/4 inch and discard. Cut the remaining dough block in to nine 1-inch wide slices, creating sticks 1-inch wide x 5 inches long. Place these on to the parchment-lined baking sheet, allowing 1 inch between each one. Place the baking sheet in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes.
- While pastries are chilling, preheat oven to 400F. Make the egg wash by stirring together the egg and water.
- When pastries have chilled, remove from the fridge and carefully brush the top of the pastry with the egg wash, being careful not to let the egg wash drip down the sides of the pastry.
- Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Remove from oven and leave pastries on baking pan. Heat honey in microwave or small saucepan until bubbling. Brush pastries with hot honey while still warm. Allow to cool slightly, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- These are best when freshly baked, but keep well in an airtight container for a day or two.
Hi! I’m Jennifer, a home cook schooled by 40 years of trial and error in the kitchen and always driven by a love of great food. I love to share my favourite old and new recipes, complete with lots of tips and tricks to help make your home cooking enjoyable, stress free, rewarding and of course, delicious!
Hi can you freeze them ?
Hi Amanda and yes, they should freeze either before baking or after.
I love Baklava and this simple recipe will save me time in the kitchen when I need it. Yum!
Thanks Cindy and yes, these are perfect for a quick baklava fix :)
These look so delicious, the perfect take on baklava! :)
Thanks so much, Laura :)
I was lucky enough to have all the necessary ingredients to make these as an after dinner treat tonight. Thanks Jennifer for the great idea. We really enjoyed this little treat. I’m sure these will happen often in the future!!
So glad to hear, Mary! We really enjoyed these, too. Such an easy way to enjoy a tasty, sweet treat :)
Why a beautiful and creative way to use that last sheet of puff pastry. I’ve always wanted to try making baklava – and your version looks wonderful. The perfect way to start the day :)
Thanks Tricia and yes, these were lovely with morning coffee :)
Great idea to use puff pastry and hot honey instead of simple syrup! Baklava is one of my favorite sweet treats of all times, I will try your method:) Pinned!
Thanks Milena and yes, I am a baklava lover, too. I usually will buy it from a bakery, but loved this easy way to enjoy those flavours :)
You’re doing magic with puff pastry these days Jennifer! These look so light and delicious although I’m certain they’re not light in calories. But calories don’t count at this time of year, right?
Thank Chris and no, holiday calories don’t count, for sure ;)
What an awesome quick and easy version Jennifer! I love baklava, but don’t make it often because of the labor involved! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Mary Ann and yes, this is a quick and easy way to enjoy the wonderful baklava flavours :)
Oh, I could go for one of these this morning, Jennifer. It’s cold here now and I need something delicious to warm me up! Love that you’ve made this so easy. Beautiful :)
Thanks Robyn :) I hear you haven’t got much snow there yet. We have been pounded this past week. Went from green grass to about 8 inches on the ground. Winter is here!