Baklava with Fruit Compote

Pistachios are a traditional ingredient in baklava, a sweet, nutty pastry. Our lightened version offers a full, nutty flavor, but without all the fat and sugar.

Makes approximately 12 cups.  Serves 8.  Approximately 187 calories and 8 grams of fat per serving.

Baklava ingredients

¾ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup chopped pistachio nuts
¼ cup sesame seeds
⅛ cup honey
1¼ teaspoons lemon juice
1¼ teaspoons cinnamon
3 sheets phyllo dough

Fruit Compote ingredients

¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup apple juice
¼ cup honey
2 small apples, peeled, cored, and cut into wedges
Powdered sugar and cinnamon for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • To prepare baklava: Mix pecans, pistachios, sesame seeds, honey, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Gently unwrap phyllo dough from its package so that it lies flat. Using a sharp knife, cut the phyllo into 5-x-5-inch pieces, totaling 16 pieces. Stack 2 pieces of phyllo on top of each other to form 8 squares.
  • Spread approximately 1 tablespoon of nut mixture in the center of each square of phyllo. Bring the corners of dough together and pinch above nut mixture to seal. Set each phyllo packet on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • To prepare fruit compote: Combine juices, honey, and apples in a saucepan. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes or until apples are tender.
  • Spoon warm fruit compote over each piece of baklava and serve immediately.

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