Pumpkin baklava is a fun variation of traditional baklava. Pumpkin and pecans are layered in-between layers of flaky phyllo dough to create an irresistible fall dessert.
Jacob and I got back about a week and a half ago from our epic Middle Eastern adventure (did you catch my trip updates on Instagram?). We traveled to Dubai, Egypt, Greece, Jordan and Israel over a two week period. It was absolutely life-changing and amazing...and exhausting too with lots of 3 AM mornings, but that's part of the fun of it, right?! We've wanted to visit this part of the world for quite some time, so it was pretty exciting to finally travel there. I'm hoping to post a trip recap on here soon!
While we were traveling, I got my hands on a piece of baklava in Santorini that was probably three inches tall! This thing was huge! And sooo delicious...with those flaky layers of phyllo dough drenched in a sweet honey syrup. To die for. I knew for sure that this would be the first recipe I'd make after we got home from our trip.
If you aren't familiar with baklava, it is a traditional dessert commonly enjoyed in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. While there are tons of different variations of this treat, baklava basically just consists of layers of phyllo dough, nuts, butter, sugar, and honey.
How to Make Pumpkin Baklava
Layer all of the ingredients in a pan.
Bake in the oven until golden and crispy.
Drench with honey syrup.
The baklava recipe today that I'm sharing with you today has a bit of a fun twist to it. Instead of sharing a basic baklava recipe with you, I've decided to spice things up a bit by adding pumpkin to the layers. I mean, it is fall after all so why not? While I always love a good ol' piece of classic baklava, this pumpkin baklava is the perfect excuse for enjoying another pumpkin dessert. It could even be a fun addition to the usual pumpkin pie served at Thanksgiving!
Ok, so if the thought of making homemade baklava totally terrifies you, I was terrified too, I will help you melt away those fears. Seriously, there is nothing to be afraid of as baklava is so much easier than it looks to make! All you need is a little bit of time and patience, and a gentle hand, and you'll have the art of baklava making down to a science in no time.
Now excuse me as I go polish off the last piece of pumpkin baklava in my fridge (I may or may not be guilty of eating half of the 9x13 pan by myself).
You’ll also love these desserts:
- Homemade Cannoli
- German Apple Strudel (Apfelstrudel)
- Stracciatella Gelato
- Lemon Italian Ricotta Cookies
- Dutch Stroopwafels
You'll also love my Classic Creme Brulee.