Serve sweet, gooey squares of this cinnamon and almond-filled pastry as a light dessert at the end of a Greek dinner party or Sunday roast. The rose baklava with its delicate rose flavor adds a delicious touch to the traditional recipe. With every bite, layers of puff pastry and a delicious filling of ground almonds and aromatic cinnamon appear. The rose syrup drizzled on top enhances the overall sweetness and leaves a lingering floral note on the palate. An elegant choice that will impress your guests and create an unforgettable dining experience.
- Greek yogurt for serving
- 300g golden powdered sugar
- Juice ½ lemon
- 4 tbsp rose water (not concentrated, see tip)
- 1 large cinnamon stick
- 75 ml olive oil
- 500g chopped almonds
- 75g golden powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- 250-270g pack of filo pastry sheets
- 150 ml rose water (not concentrated, see tip)
Use rose water sparingly
If you can only find concentrated rose water (in a 60ml bottle), use 2 teaspoons and dilute it in 250ml of water. Use 4 tbsp of this diluted version for the syrup and 150 ml for the baklava.
Spread it over the filo dough
Take your time assembling the layers and carefully brush each sheet of dough with a good coat of olive oil – it’s worth the effort.
- Place all the syrup ingredients in a heavy-based saucepan and add 400ml cold water.
- Stir over gentle heat to dissolve the sugar, then simmer steadily for 10 minutes until a slightly syrupy consistency.
- Let cool down.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
- Lightly brush the sides and bottom of a shallow baking dish (23 x 33 cm) with a little oil.
- Mix almonds, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and rose water.
- Place 1 sheet of filo on the bottom of the dish and brush generously with oil. (If the phyllo sheets are very large, cut them all in half before using.)
- Place another one on top and brush with oil again.
- Repeat this process of layering and brushing with oil until half of the filo sheets are used up.
- Now spread the filling on top and cover with the remaining filo sheets, layer and oil as before.
- Make sure to brush the top sheet with oil too.
- Score the top to create diamond-shaped disks.
- Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, increasing the heat to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6 for the last 5 minutes to give the dough a light golden color.
- Remove from the oven and immediately pour half of the cooled rose syrup over the hot dough.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the syrup to seep through the layers.
- Serve with large dollops of Greek yogurt and remaining syrup.
Equipment and tools
- Pastry brush
- Baking dish (approx. 20 cm x 30 cm in size)
- Sharp knife
This recipe contains almonds. Please note that it may also contain traces of other nuts.
Storage and leftovers
Store leftover rose baklava in an airtight container at room temperature. It can be kept for up to 3 days.
Health Benefits of Rose Baklava
Rose baklava is not only a delicious and indulgent dessert but also offers several health benefits. The combination of ingredients used in this recipe provides a range of nutrients that can have a positive impact on your well-being.
Nutrient-rich Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt served alongside rose baklava is a nutritious ingredient rich in protein, calcium and probiotics. Protein is essential for repairing and building tissue, while calcium is crucial for bone health. Probiotics, on the other hand, promote a healthy gut and aid digestion.
Antioxidant-rich rose water
Rose water, a key ingredient in this baklava recipe, is known for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect the body from free radicals. These are harmful molecules that can lead to oxidative stress and various diseases. Consuming rose water can contribute to overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Heart-healthy olive oil
Olive oil, used to coat the filo dough, is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine and known for its heart-healthy properties. It contains monounsaturated fats, which, when consumed as part of a balanced diet, can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Chopped almonds, a key ingredient in rose baklava, provide a dose of essential nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium and healthy fats. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and protects cells from damage, while magnesium contributes to bone health and supports various body functions. The healthy fats in almonds may also contribute to heart health and satiety.
Spices with health benefits
The spices used in this recipe, including cinnamon and cloves, not only add flavor to the dish but also provide health benefits. Cinnamon is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help regulate blood sugar levels. Cloves, on the other hand, are a rich source of antioxidants and have antimicrobial properties.
In summary, rose baklava not only satisfies your sweet tooth, but it can also be a healthier dessert option due to its nutrient-dense ingredients. From the proteins and probiotics of Greek yogurt to the antioxidant properties of rose water to the heart-healthy benefits of olive oil, this dessert can be enjoyed guilt-free while offering potential health benefits.