I’m so excited to share this Honey Baklava Tart with you as it’s one of those recipes that was floating in my mind for a really long time before it came to fruition. Once it did, I wondered what took me so long. We’re talking the flavours of baklava, in tart form.
Updated 18th November 2019
Let me take your tastebuds on a little trip around the world. This tart combines a little of Turkey, a little of Italy and a little of Greece with a handful of bold flavours perfectly balanced in a sticky, crunchy tart.
Pistachios, hazelnuts, cinnamon, honey, orange and each flavour shines through while not overpowering the next. I love, love, love this tart and it turns out perfect every time I make it. It’s elegant, exotic and totally delectable.
What is baklava?
So if you haven’t heard of or maybe haven’t tried baklava, it is traditionally a sweet pastry that is made of layer upon layer of super-thin crispy pastry (aka filo or phyllo) and nuts. Once baked, it is soaked with a very sweet sugar syrup and this sugar syrup is normally infused with things like rosewater, honey, orange blossom or lemon. Phew! It’s pretty amazing stuff.
The origin of baklava is disputed but safe to say we either have the Greeks or the Turkish to thank for this treat. Just so no one is confused, this tart is not baklava but is inspired by it.
While traditional baklava is served as little diamond-shaped crisp pastries, I love the softness of the frangipane topping on this one. The base is a crips sweet shortcrust topped with a layer of hazelnuts and pistachios and it’s all spiked with a sweet orange and honey syrup. It truly does taste like baklava in tart form.
What is frangipane?
Only one of my favourite tart fillings ever. Frangipane is an Italian tart filling made from just a few ingredients but the main one being almond meal / finely ground almonds. I’ve used it in things like my Lemon Blueberry Frangipane Shortbread Bars, Apple Frangipane Tart and my Strawberry Almond Tart. Have you ever heard of a Bakewell Tart? That’s frangipane. Soft, tender and very moreish.
Baklava is often made using nuts like pistachio, walnuts and hazelnuts. I’ve swapped out the walnuts and instead used the frangipane filling (almonds) as a third nutty flavour.
And that Honey Orange Syrup
Just like a regular baklava, this baklava tart has a sweet, sticky syrup made of honey and citrus. There is enough leftover to drizzle over the top of the baked tart or over individual slices to yours or your guests liking. Honey, orange juice and zest and a little water is simmered until thick and then used straight away on the nuts.
But it all starts with the crust
- Use a food processor to make an easy and quick pastry for the crust.
- You only need to process until the dough clumps together when pressed.
- Roll out the pastry dough and transfer it to a tart pan.
- Trim off the excess dough by rolling your rolling pin over the edges.
Some quick tips for the pastry
- Docking – docking a pastry crust refers to make tiny little holes, usually with a fork, all over the base. The reason for docking a pastry case is to allow steam to escape so that the pastry doesn’t puff up on baking.
- Blind Baking – if you’re new to blind baking, it just means to bake a tart case, without the filling, for a short time to dry it out a little so that it remains crispy even when filled with a moist filling. To blind bake you will need to line the tart case with baking paper then fill it with pie weights and bake. Don’t have pie weights, don’t worry. Just use dried lentils or rice to fill the baking paper and you can reuse them next time too.
How To Serve Honey Baklava Tart
One of the really lovely things about this tart is the fact that it can be served warm, room temperature or cold and it’s just as delicious. Serve the slices with the leftover syrup so your guests can adjust the sweetness to their own liking. To make it ultra-decadent you could serve some ice cream on the side.
This tart can be made a day ahead and will keep well stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.
Ready to treat your friends and family to an exotic treat. They won’t be disappointed with this stunning sweet and nutty tart.
More amazing tart recipes
- Strawberry Almond Tart
- Pistachio Rose Panna Cotta Tart
- Macadamia Salted Caramel Tart
- Apple Frangipane Tart
For the Sweet Shortcrust Pastry
- 195 g plain (all-purp) flour (1 ½ cups / 7oz)
- 43 g icing (confectioners / powdered) sugar (⅓cup / 1.5oz)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 113 g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes (1 stick / ½ cup)
- 2 egg yolks, from large eggs
For the nut filling
- ¾ cup pistachios (85g / 3oz)
- ¾ cup hazelnuts (85g / 3oz)
- 2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 50 g caster (superfine) sugar (¼ cup / 1.8oz)
For the orange syrup
- ¼ cup water (60ml)
- ½ cup honey (125ml / 170g)
- 100 g white granulated sugar (½ cup / 3.50z)
- zest of one orange
- 2 tablespoons orange juice (notes)
For the frangipane filling
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- 113 g unsalted butter, softened (½ cup / 1 stick)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon plain (all-purp) flour (notes)
- 1 cup almond meal (ground almonds) (90g / 3oz)
For the tart shell.
- Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in a piece of baking paper and sit in the fridge for ½ hour to chill.
- Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / 160C fan forced. Line the base of a 20cm (8 inch) fluted tart tin with baking paper.
- Once chilled, roll out the pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper to about 3-4mm thick. Remove the top sheet of paper and use the bottom sheet to help you flip the pastry over into the prepared tin, then remove the paper. Gently press the dough into all the corners and make sure the top edges are even. Prick the base all over with a fork.
For the nut filling
- Add the cinnamon and sugar and mix well. Set aside.
For the orange honey syrup
- Heat all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and boil for about 8 minutes stirring every so often until thickened, and reduced by half.
- Mix ⅓ cup of the syrup through the nut mixture, then spread the nut mixture over the pastry case base.
For the frangipane filling
- Beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat well. Finally, mix in the flour and almond meal.
- Carefully spread the mixture over the top of the nut filling. Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning the tray half way through, until golden and springy on top.
- Can be served warm, room temperature or cold. Serve with the leftover syrup on the side.
- I use a standard Australian 20ml tablespoon (4 teaspooons worldwide)
- To make the pastry, if you have no food processor, mix the flour, sugar and salt well then add the cold butter. Use a knife or even your fingertips to gently cut the butter into the flour mix until the largest piece is no larger than a pea. Add the egg yolks and use a fork mix through well.
- For best results you should always weigh ingredients like flour and sugar. Kitchen scales are relatively cheap but if you can’t weigh the ingredients, use the spoon and level method (don’t scoop).
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