Have you ever had Baklava? Wasn’t it amazing!? It is one of those odd things that tastes good even if it is store purchase, well not as good as homemade of course but still good. As good as baklava is you probably never had one that was quite as good as Bacon Maple Baklava! This stuff is seriously good, crispy, bacony, mapley, I think your gonna love it. Plus, if you make this easy recipe, people automatically think you are some kind of pastry wizard.
The recipe starts with cooking up some bacon. I baked mine in the oven. You can cook it however you want to, just be sure and save the bacon grease, you’re gonna need it later.
Welly, photo bomb! Haha, sorry I had to.
Crumble up the bacon and mix it with some ground cinnamon. Set aside.
Now melt butter together with you bacon grease.
Brush the sides and bottom of your pan with the melted butter/grease/lovely fat.
Next, we are going to work with your phyllo dough. First thing you need to know: your phyllo should be completely thawed out before you try and use it, just follow the package direction for thawing it out. Second, very carefully unroll your phyllo dough. Third, you are going to want to cover your phyllo with a damp cloth, not sopping wet just a bit damp.
Alright, now place two sheets of phyllo in the bottom of your greased pan. Grease it thoroughly. Place two more layer of phyllo on top of that, and grease well. Repeat until you have a total of 8 sheets of phyllo dough.
On the next layer sprinkle on about 2 tablespoons of the bacon.
Place another two sheets of phyllo dough on top of that, grease well and add another 2 tablespoons of bacon. Repeat until you have only 8 sheets of phyllo dough left and have used all the bacon and butter/grease mixture.
Lay the last 8 sheets of phyllo on the top. Here is a gif of all the layer!
Use a sharp knife to cut the unbaked baklava into 4 long rows.
Use the knife for cut the baklava into squares, diamonds, or triangles. Try not to make them too big, this is pretty rich.
Bake the baklava at 350F for 50 minutes.
While the baklava bakes you need to make the syrup to go over it. First, place water and sugar in a saucepan.
Bring the sugar water to a boil. Boil until the sugar is dissolved.
Stir in the vanilla, maple syrup, and maple extract. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Once the baklava is out of the oven pour your maple sugar syrup over the baklava.
It will bubble and spit and go a bit crazy for a few minutes, but that is okay.
Now just cool and enjoy! Oh, you can serve them in cupcake papers too, it makes them look cute that way and it is easier to eat.
- 1lb bacon, cooked and crumbled (keep the bacon grease)
- 1t. ground cinnamon
- 16oz phyllo dough
- 1c. butter, melted
- Grease from bacon, melted
- 1c. water
- ½c. sugar
- 1t. pure vanilla extract
- 1c. maple syrup
- 1T. maple flavoring
- Preheat oven to 350F. Use your melted butter to grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Toss bacon crumbles with the cinnamon. Set aside.
- Mix together the melted butter and bacon grease.
- Carefully unroll the phyllo dough and place it under a damp cloth.
- Place 2 sheets of phyllo in the bottom of the pan, thoroughly brush with the melted greases. Repeat until you have 8 sheets of phyllo in the pan.
- Add 2 tablespoons of bacon crumbles to the next layer. Repeat until there are only 8 phyllo sheets left and no more bacon or grease.
- Place the remaining 8 sheets of phyllo on top.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the unbaked baklava into 4 long rows, then cut the phyllo diagonally into diamonds, or you can cut them into squares of triangles.
- Bake at 350F for 50 minutes.
- While the baklava bakes, bring the water and sugar to a boil.
- Add the vanilla, maple syrup, and maple flavoring. Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Once the baklava is out of the oven pour the maple sugar syrup over the baklava. It will sputter and bubble quite a bit.
- Cool. Serve in cupcake papers.
Recipe adapted from: NEONWILLIE’s Baklava recipe on AllRecipes.com
Recipe Adapted By: Rilla Banks (A.K.A. Epic Sweet)
p.s. If you love maple and bacon then you might also like Maple Bacon Monkey Bread, it is really good too!