In this Turkish recipe for baklava pistachios are used giving a colourful and fresh look to the finished pastry. Baklava can be a little time consuming to make with the process of layering the filo. However, every moment is worth it when you bite into these delicous sweet treats!

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Skill level

Average: 3.6 (103 votes)


  • 3 cups water
  • scant 3 cups sugar
  • 1 packet filo pastry
  • 250 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 250 g ground pistachios

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Mix together the water and sugar in a large saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 30 minutes to reduce to a syrup. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile, divide the filo in half and cut into sheets to fit a pastry tin (ideally about 30 x 20 cm). Brush the bottom of the tin with melted butter and cover with a sheet of filo pastry. Continue until you have used half the pastry. Cover with a thick layer of crushed pistachios and continue the pastry and butter process until the pastry is finished.

Score through the pastry layers carefully, making diamond shapes, about 5-6 cm long.

Bake in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. While still hot, pour over the cooled syrup and set aside to cool before removing from the tray.