Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

Baklava is a Turkish dessety made with layers of filo pastry (also known as phyllo pastry) and filled, usually, with pistachios and walnuts. A sweet syrup is drizzled over the Baklava after baking. I decided to change the traditional flavours and make Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava. As it can be quite an overly sweet dessert due to the syrup, the addition of salt cut into it perfectly and makes these baklava incredibly moreish! The filo pastry is so beautifully crispy and golden, I love the crunch you get when you bite into it. I share all of my bakes with my family and friends, but I have to confess that this one has never left the house as we love it too much to share!

Step by step…

I started the by making the syrup. On a low heat in a pan I heated brown sugar, sea salt, water and maple syrup. Once the sugar is dissolved, let it boil for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour into a bowl and cool in the fridge.

For the filling I added pecans, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a food processor and pulsed them until they looked like a coarse crumb. Then I melted butter in a pan and stirred in light brown sugar until it dissolved.

In a deep sided baking tray I starting layering up the filo sheets, brushing the butter and sugar mixture between each layer. After doing 10 filo layers, I added a layer of the pecan filling. Then I did 10 more filo layers, again brushing butter in between, then another layer of pecan filling, then 10 more filo layers.

I sliced the Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava up into pieces before baking. They baked for 45 minutes until golden. When it was done I immediately poured the syrup all over, then sprinkled the remaining filling in the centre of each square along with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt.

Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

Tips for making the Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava:

  • If your filo sheets aren’t the same size as the tin, place the tin over the pile of filo sheets and use it as a template to cut them to size.
  • Don’t worry if your filo is smaller than your tin, you can slightly overlap the sheets and cut them to fill in gaps as needed, just use the melted butter to ‘glue’ the overlaps together.
  • You could also swap the pecans in this recipe out for walnuts.
  • I used cinnamon and a little nutmeg in this recipe, but feel free to use your preferred spices. Cardamom would be lovely and fragrant for example, or a mixed spice blend like pumpkin spice would be yummy!

Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

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Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

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Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava
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Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

Crunchy and sweet baklava with pecans and a salted maple syrup

Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Keyword Dessert
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 20
Author thebakingexplorer

Ingredients

For the syrup

  • 45 g Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 170 g Maple syrup or honey
  • 235 ml Water

For the filling

  • 45 g Light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 150 g Pecans
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg

For the pastry

  • 225 g Butter
  • 45 g Light brown sugar
  • 500 g Filo Pastry

For garnish

  • 1 tsp Coarse sea salt

Instructions

  1. Start by making the syrup. In a pan on a low heat melt the brown sugar, sea salt, water and maple syrup together Once the sugar is dissolved, let it boil for 10 minutes while stirring constantly. Pour into a bowl and cool in the fridge

  2. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4

  3. For the filling place the pecans, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a food processor and pulse them until they look like a coarse crumb. Reserve a small amount of the filling for topping the Baklava after baking if you like (about 1 tbsp)

  4. Melt the butter in a pan on a low heat and stir in the light brown sugar until it dissolves

  5. In a deep sided baking tray layer up the filo sheets, brushing the butter and brown sugar between each layer. Do 10 sheets of filo, then a layer of the pecan filling, then 10 more filo sheets, another layer of the filling, then a final layer of 10 filo sheets

  6. Slice the baklava in the tin, into the pieces desired, before baking. Bake for 45 minutes until golden

  7. When it is done, immediately pour the syrup all over the baklava, then sprinkle the remaining filling in the centre of each square along with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt

  8. Store in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 1 week

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Salted Caramel & Pecan Baklava

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11 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I made these today and they tasted really good but they were quite dry and crunchy. What could be the reason? I used honey instead of maple syrup and had a bit of the butter mixture still left over at the end.

    1. Hi Klaudia, they are definitely meant to be crunchy, at least on top anyway. The syrup soaks into the bottom layers more so it makes it nice and moist. It’s hard for to know exactly what went wrong, but I am sorry they didn’t turn out how you expected.

  2. 5 stars
    Hey Kat, I made this on Saturday with my 2 girls. After spotting it on Instagram, I decided to see if it sounded achievable with kids and it was. It’s a great recipe to make as a team when it comes to the layering up and I loved the sound of the sizzle as we poured the syrup onto the freshly baked baklava.

    We all loved it, even my husband and he’s not known for dishing out compliments to anything sweet.

    Excellent recipe – thanks so much for opening my eyes to the world of homemade baklava.

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Jane, I’m so please this recipe was a hit with your family!

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