Baklava in ten minutes

December 29, 2010  •  Category:

For those of you still scrambling to come up with a speedy dessert for a New Year’s eve party I have uploaded a video version of my ten-minute baklava post.

For the recipe, click here.


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  1. melrose says:

    Lovely video!!! And you look good in it to! Congratilations!

  2. sweetlife says:

    10 minute baklava oh what a great video!! I love your tv prescence, your too cute!!


    happy holidays!!

  3. samir says:

    very interesting technique and great video ..mabruk!…my only question/concern would be, by not spreading the butter on the sheets ,especially the crumpled ones, do you not get areas of dough that are undercooked ,white or rawish? using the syrup in the filling rather than sugar is excellent..never was a big baklava person always prefered mamoul or namoura..

    • Joumana says:

      @Samir: Love your pertinent remarks! I douse it very generously with butter after the sheets are crumpled up; but buttering two layers at a time does reduce the amount of butter significantly; if you like more, then you squirt more. The sheets are a bit drier but the overall effect is crispy and sweet, just not too much. Just a matter of taste. If you like it richer, then squirt more and pour more syrup on it. 🙂

  4. Sonia says:

    This is a very good video and good recipe, Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to you and all at home.

  5. Ivy says:

    Hi Joumana. Loved your video!! I enjoyed watching you make your baklava and you are so professional and natural in front of the camera.

  6. Tina Aboulkhoudoud says:

    Great video Joumana!!! I always baked mine and then cut .I am going to try it your way !Looks so yummy.Happy New Year!!

  7. Cherine says:

    A great video!!
    Loved the music and the apron 😉
    The baklavas look divine!!

  8. Priya says:

    Thanks for the link, such a simple and yummy baklavas..

  9. Rosa says:

    A lovely video! Great job!



  10. Marcela says:

    Wonderful idea!…..I saw the video last night, and it is well explained!!….the best for 2011, and all the years after….te deseo lo mejor para el 2011, 2012, 2013 y ad-infinitum…..hay desear lo mejor no solo el año que sigue…..sino siempre!!…..Abrazotes, Marcela

  11. Steve @ HPD says:

    Ten minutes? Seriously? Gotta try this. Thanks! And cheers!

  12. Lyndsey says:

    What a wonderful video, you are lovely on camera! I think I want to try to make baklava now!

    Have a Happy New Year! I know what I am bringing to the party! 😀

  13. Nadege says:

    Thank you! Thank you!

  14. Claudia says:

    Bookmarked! I always buy my baklava iimagining it to be a 3-day process. this will be fun to figure out on a cold day when I’m inside looking for cooking inspiration! Happy New Year!

  15. Pamela says:

    So easy! great recipe, I always buy my baclavas, from now on they’ll be homemade! thanks Joumana, and big hugs

  16. Susan says:

    Wonderful video, Joumana! Very professional and thorough. Loved watching you and hearing your voice 🙂

  17. peter says:

    Joumana, I remember the original post well and your video presentation is very good! You’re relaxed, know what you’re doing and you’ll connect well with followers of your blog with future installments.

  18. Jojo says:

    I loved the video and you make it all seem so easy! Hope you do more video productions. Very nice.

  19. SYLVIA says:

    This is a magnificent demestration, I’ve assembeled some valuable information, and tips on making this popular dessert. It will help me bravely and confidently go forth into the wonderful world of baking.
    Joumana, you are my mentor, you have a fantastic website, beautifully presented with gorgeous photos. I love all your recipes, they’re always a hit. Thank you for expanding my cooking skills, It’s great to find a nice site with all the recipes I have been trying to find for a long time. I am incredibly indebted to you.
    Your next project should be a cookbook or a DVD. The apron that you’re wearing is so cool, are you selling them?

    • Joumana says:

      @Sylvia: People like you keep me going! Thanks so much for all your encouragements and I hope I can deserve some of the compliments you have generously bestowed on me over the years. I wish you a great new year 2011! (no the apron was a gift from my kids! 🙂

  20. Nadji says:

    Heureuse de faire ta connaissance via cette vidéo.
    Une parfaite réalisation très bien expliquée en plus.
    Je note ta version. J’aime beaucoup l’idée des feuilles froissées et celle du sirop dans les fruits secs.
    Très bonne année Joumana et tous mes vœux pour celle nouvelle année.
    P.S : tu es toujours au Liban ou de nouveau aux States?

    • Joumana says:

      @Nadji: Je suis aux States jusqu’à ce que ma fille termine ses études secondaires puis c’est la rentrée en principe permanente à Beyrouth. D’ici quelques mois…

  21. TS of eatingclub says:

    Actually, I’ve decided to do this 10-minute baklava for our NY Eve party now. Then, lo and behold, I see this video post! =D

    Thanks for the video! OK… now we have to go to a whackload of prep for tomorrow’s party.


  22. Stevie says:


    I absolutely adore your video!!! The recipe looks great and I’m thrilled that you’ve suggestions for reducing the total amount of butter as I try to manage my cholesterol with diet. What really blew me away was seeing you in action! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and imagine that I’ve gotten a sense of you through your recipes. Seeing you speak, move around and cook was breathtaking! More than I’d ever imagined. When are you starting your cable program?

  23. Katerina says:

    That was such a great idea to show your technique with a video. It certainly is a more practical and useful way to give us the recipe. I may say in the video you look younger than the photo.

  24. heguiberto says:

    Joumana, Fantastic video, Steven saw it first and called me right away! More please 🙂

  25. T.W. Barritt says:

    Fantastic video, Joumana! How nice to see you “live” and see how easy it really is to make baklava. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

  26. TastyTrix says:

    You are every bit as fabulous in action as I thought you would be! Now we must work on getting you a cooking show, that would rule!!!

  27. Nisrine says:

    Wonderful video, Joumana. You look softer and younger than I imagined and you are very talented. Happy New Year!

  28. OysterCulture says:

    Loved the video. You are a natural. Your a culinary instructor in your day job, right?

  29. Karen says:

    I greatly enjoyed watching your fantastic video, Joumana! Luckily, we have a large Turkish community in Vienna, so great baklava is never far away. I love your speedy recipe. Can’t wait to try it! Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. Looking forward to more videos. 🙂

  30. Pauline says:

    Yes, you look so at ease with the camera. I think we should have a Taste of Beirut TV series !

  31. deana says:

    Great recipe.. you are a natural for the camera… when are you doing a show??? Happy New Year to you!

  32. turkey's for life says:

    We are yet to brave the video-making process – and I can’t imagine ever being brave enough to do it! Congratulations.
    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2011. Looking forward to learning more about Middle Eastern cooking through your blog.

  33. Tammy says:

    Nice job on your video! And my husband is eternally grateful that I cannot complain that bak lava will take too long. He LOves it. Happy New Year.

  34. Mark Wisecarver says:

    Awesome! Curious…my family is from Beirut and call it Baklawa, do you also but used “baklava” just for the video?

  35. Velva says:

    This video rocks! My first thought was baklava in 10 minutes, hmmm. Oh my, it can be done. You shared the method in such a way that an average home cook like myself could tackle. I just love it. Bakalava is a fabulous dessert but can be perceived to be complicated.
    Thank you.
    Happy New Year!


  36. Devaki says:

    Dear Joumana – You are lovely! And I loved hearing your voice and coming as close to meeting you in person. Such a delight after all the comments we have exchanged ovr the past.

    The video is beautifully done and you are honestly lovely to watch.

    Chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  37. Faith says:

    What a great video, Joumana! It was very informative and the baklava looks fantastic. Hope we get to see more videos from you! Wishing you and yours a very happy New Year!

  38. Lentil Breakdown says:

    You must have been a movie star in a previous life. You made it look so easy!

  39. Sara says:

    Oh My..what an awesome video!!! I LOVE it! You are a pro and love the easy Baklava recipe! You look gorgeous by the way! 🙂 So happy to have met you! Happy New Year Dear Joumana!

  40. sabah says:

    Une recette magnifique que j’aime bien.
    Je te félicite pour la vidéo, elle est trés bien faite, tu es trés charmante et classe, tout est bien en ordre, rien à dire que félicitation et bienvenue dans le monde de la vidéo. Bravo !
    Je n’oublie pas de te souhaiter une trés bonne année pleine de joie, de bonheur, de santé et de réussite.

  41. Anna Sicher says:

    Loved your video Joumana….great job, so professional! That’s certainly different than my mother taught me. Will try it! Happy New Year!

  42. tobias cooks! says:

    Great job! I will link to the video in my weekly roundup of the German blog.

  43. Bria @ WestofPersia says:

    Lovely job. Great video, Joumana!

  44. Sara says:

    Joumana, I love your video so much that I am sending the link to your post to all of my friends! xoxo 🙂

  45. Eve@CheapEthnicEatz says:

    Great recipe and video, and nice to see you in action!

  46. george says:

    Hi.I am so pleased that I stumbled upon this website today. Congratulations on an excellent website that contains achievable recipes with a home-made feel to them. By the way, since it is “Ghtas” tomorrow, do you have a recipe for “Zlebyeh.” Thanks and well done.

    • Joumana says:

      @George: Thanks for reminding me! I don’t have a recipe for zlabyeh yet but I will soon! I just totally forgot about “Ghtas” this time! Will have to do them this week for sure.

  47. Dana says:

    Joumana, I love your voice! You should post videos more often! 10 minute baklava is impressive!

  48. kouky says:

    merci Joumana pour cette superbe vidéo!! beaucoup plus belle que celles de professionnels !! explications bien détaillées et présence chaleureuse!! bonne journée! bises!

  49. Grapefruit says:

    Now I have no excuse to kick my baklava-eating habit – baklava in 10 minutes! What could be better!

  50. The Gypsy Chef says:

    What a wonderful video. I feel like I can make Baklava now! great job. Thanks for the instruction. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  51. Umm Mymoonah says:

    This looks great, your video is perfect. Well explained, I really appreciate your efforts.
    Next time when I make baklava, I’ll definitely follow your version 🙂

  52. Shahina says:

    how do you make the syrup. i cant find it on the website.

  53. buy baklava says:

    One of best desserts on the planet. Thanks for sharing this amazing video. Great job !

  54. Helen says:

    Thanks for the video! I tried this over the traditional method, and the crumpled part of the baklava is undercooked even though I baked it for quite a long time. Haven’t tasted yet , but I do have to say that baking got tricky even though I saved time in making it.

    • Joumana says:

      @Helen: This is the first time I hear of this issue. How much butter did you use?For phyllo dough to cook in a reasonably hot oven takes only minutes, crumpled or not. I am sorry to hear you had trouble with it. 🙁

  55. MARLENE HOLDEN says:

    I can’t find the recipe…please’s one of my favorites but can’t do it anymore because of MS… 10 minutes would be awesome! I can’t find recipe…it gone!

  56. MARLENE HOLDEN says:

    I can’t find recipe of the 10 minute baklava…it’s gone!

  57. Barbara lewis says:

    We made this recipe (with only a few tweaks to our syrup) and it was fantastic. I was skeptical of the wadded up sheets but you never notice it when it’s all done. I liked that you use less butter as it remains crispy for days. We found it easier to cut the baklava BEFORE buttering the top in case you want to try it that way. The key to this recipe is pouring the syrup only in the creases as shown. Everyone that tried our baklava said it’s the best they’ve ever had!

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