Baklava Syrup Recipe

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If you're looking to add a touch of sweetness to your homemade Middle Eastern pastries, our baklava syrup recipe is your golden ticket. This simple, yet flavor-packed recipe will give your baklava the sticky, sweet finish it needs to truly shine. Bursting with the warmth of honey and cinnamon, and enhanced by a hint of lemon, this syrup brings together the rich, multi-layered flavors that baklava is known for. Let's dive into the sweetness and learn how to make this heavenly syrup at home.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 20-25 minutes

Baklava Syrup Recipe


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A few strips of lemon peel (optional)
  • A few drops of lemon juice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Combine sugar, water, honey, and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan. Add the optional lemon peel and lemon juice for an invigorating freshness.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, until the syrup has slightly thickened.
  4. Switch off the heat and add the optional vanilla extract.
  5. Allow the syrup to cool slightly before removing the cinnamon stick and lemon peels.
  6. This delightful syrup, poured over fresh, slightly cooled baklava, creates a mesmerizing dessert that's impossible to resist. This syrup can be stored for a few weeks in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I adjust the flavor of my baklava syrup?

You can experiment with additional flavors such as cloves, star anise, or even rose water or orange blossom water.

2. Can I make baklava syrup in advance?

Yes, this syrup can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few weeks. Always ensure the syrup is fully cooled before storing.

3. Why is my baklava not as moist and sweet as in restaurants?

It could be because the baklava is not soaking up enough syrup. For the best result, one of the two (the baklava or the syrup) should be hot and the other should be cool when you combine them.

4. Can I use this syrup for other desserts?

Certainly! While this syrup is customarily used for baklava, it can be used as a sweetener for other Middle Eastern pastries or even pancakes and waffles.

Remember, the key to a delectable baklava is the balance of flavors and textures. This baklava syrup recipe ensures your pastries will be beautifully sweet, perfectly sticky, and undeniably delicious. Enjoy your baking journey and the sweet rewards that come with it!

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