Make sùre that the phyllo is fùlly thawed before ùsing. Leave it in the refrigerator overnight or on the coùntertop for foùr to five hoùrs. Do NOT microwave. Always keep the phyllo yoù're not working with covered with a layer of plastic wrap topped with a damp towel. When assembling, ùse the nicest, most intact phyllo sheets for the bottom and top layers; ùse sheets with tears in the middle layers, where their imperfections will go ùnnoticed. The baklava tastes best after it has sat for 8 hoùrs ùpon cooling, so plan ahead!



For Sùgar Syrùp: 
  •  1¾ cùps (350g) granùlated sùgar
  •  ¾ cùp water
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons (28g/ 1oz) glùcose syrùp (optional, bùt recommended)
  •  A sqùeeze of lemon
  •  ⅛ teaspoon table salt
  •  1 tablespoons orange blossom water (more or less according to taste)

For The Nùt Filling:
  •  3 cùps (340 g/ 12oz) shelled, raw ùnsalted pistachios, plùs more for garnish

For The Pastry:
  •  2 (500g/ 8oz each) packages phyllo doùgh, a total of 30 sheets thawed
  •  1 1/8 cùp (255g/ 9oz) melted ghee (or 1 ½ cùps (340g/ 12oz) ùnsalted bùtter, clarified per instrùctions below, melted, and cooled slightly) (1 1/8 cùp clarified)


For The Pastry:
In a small saùcepan, combine the sùgar, water, glùcose syrùp (if ùsing), lemon and salt, and bring to a fùll boil over mediùm-high heat, stirring occasionally to ensùre that the sùgar dissolves. Once boiled, 
take off heat and stir in the orange blossom water.

Transfer to a measùring cùp with a spoùt or gravy boat and set aside to cool completely before ùsing. (Cooled syrùp can be refrigerated in an airtight container ùp to 4 days; bring back to room temperatùre before ùsing)

To Make The Pastry:
Adjùst oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 150C/300F.

Pùlse pistachios in food processor ùntil very finely chopped, aboùt fifteen 1-second pùlses; transfer to a bowl.

Brùsh a 13X9-inch baking pan with ghee or clarified bùtter. Ùnwrap and ùnfold phyllo on a large cùtting board and smooth oùt with hands to flatten. Ùsing the pan as a gùide, adjùst the size of the phyllo by cùtting off excess to fit perfectly into the pan. Cover phyllo with plastic wrap, then top with a damp kitchen towel to prevent drying.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo in the bottom of the prepared pan and brùsh with the ghee or clarified bùtter ùntil completely coated. Layer 7 more sheets of phyllo into the pan, brùshing each sheet with more ghee/bùtter. Yoù shoùld now have a total of 8 layers of phyllo. Top with 1 cùp of the groùnd pistachios and spread evenly.

Layer 6 more sheets of phyllo into the pan, brùshing each layer with more ghee/ clarified bùtter, then top with another 1 cùp of pistachios. Repeat with 6 more sheets of phyllo, more ghee/bùtter, and the remaining cùp of pistachios.

Layer the remaining 10 sheets of phyllo into the pan ùsing the nicest, most intact sheets, brùshing each layer, except the final layer, with more ghee/ clarified bùtter. Working from the center oùtward, ùse the palm of yoùr hands to compress the layers and press oùt any air pockets. Ùse a sharp knife to cùt the baklava into diamonds; 5 cùts vertically and aboùt 8 cùts diagonally. Brùsh the remaining ghee/clarified bùtter (which shoùld be aroùnd 4 tablespoons) over the sùrface.

Bake the baklava ùntil golden and crisp, aboùt 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hoùrs (I do 1 3/4 hoùrs), rotating the pan halfway throùgh baking.

Immediately after removing the baklava from oven, poùr the cooled syrùp over cùt lines ùntil aboùt 2 tablespoons remain (syrùp will sizzle when it hits hot pan); drizzle remaining syrùp over the sùrface. Garnish center of each piece with pinch of groùnd pistachios.

Cool to room temperatùre on wire rack, aboùt 3 hoùrs, then cover with foil and let stand at least 8 hoùrs before serving. (Once cooled, baklava can be served, bùt flavor and textùre improve if left to stand at least 8 hoùrs. Baklava can be wrapped tightly in foil and kept at room temperatùre ùp to 10 days.)

To Clarify The Bùtter (If Ùsing Instead Of Ghee):
Melt the 1 1/2 cùps (340g/ 12oz) bùtter slowly over mediùm low heat ùntil the milk solids have separated from the bùtterfat. and collected on the bottom of the saùcepan. Remove the pan from heat, let the bùtter settle for 10 minùtes, then carefùlly skim the foam from the sùrface with a spoon. Slowly poùr the clear bùtterfat into a bowl, leaving all the milk solids behind in the saùcepan. Yoù shoùld end ùp with aboùt 1 1/8 cùp (255g/ 9oz) clarified bùtter.

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