The flavors of baklava are showcased in this flaky filo pie. It’s easy to make and a delicious ending for a special dinner.
Last week an ice storm hit our little corner of the world with great force. We lost our electricity and much of our heat source, and without a safe way to leave the house, well – we were cold. I spent most of last week being mad at myself because the cold made me feel tired and cranky and kind of like a weakling. I tried to work despite the frigid environment (I had baked a cake the day before, and my camera batteries were charged), but would eventually find my way back to huddling with two pups in a wool blanket.
As soon as power was restored I turned on the oven. I needed comfort food and to use some of the things in my freezer that were quickly thawing. One of those was a box of Filo dough.
I have strong feelings for pie, and I have even stronger affections for Baklava (see here and here). Put the two together, and I’m a goner. Completely. This pie is absolutely bursting with nutty goodness. It’s a hearty stick-to-your-ribs kind of dessert, yet it retains lightness thanks to gossamer layers of Filo. It’s a short-cut to Baklava, but with a warm cinnamon note. I wasn’t sure I could finish a whole piece by myself, but I did (!) and it certainly revived my wilting energies.
One ingredient you mustn’t underestimate or leave out in this recipe is salt (fine grain sea salt, if possible). I know. I can get preachy about salt in desserts at times, but here it accentuates the pecans, pistachios and black walnuts like nothing else can. It’s transformative!
Before I close, I’d like to share some news that had me jumping up and down on my tippy-toes! Out of thousands of entries, Better Homes and Gardens has chosen this site as one of their Top 10 Baking Blogs. (Side note: I’m pretty sure when my Mom reads this she’s going to die of happiness. She’s a BHG reader from way back!). There’s another round of voting for “Reader Favorite”, and you can vote for your favorites by clicking the icon below. I was thrilled to find myself in the company of so many baking bloggers that I love and admire. Warm and fuzzies all around (take that ice storm!).
Okay, back to the delicious business of this pie. If you
love Baklava, then you will love this dessert. It’s one of the best pies I’ve
ever made, and I’m planning to bring it to Easter dinner this year. It is truly
worth sharing with the people you love. I hope you’ll find it to be a glowing
addition to your recipe box.
Salted Greek Honey Nut Pie
- 2 cups chopped black walnuts
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/4 cup brown sugar tightly packed
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 package 16 oz. frozen Filo dough, thawed
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup wildflower honey
- 2 pinches fine grain sea salt plus extra for sprinkling slices
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Combine the black walnuts, pecans, pistachios, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Toss the ingredients together so that all the nuts are coated with the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Brush a 9-inch pie plate with some of the melted butter. (I used a tart pan with a non-removable bottom).
- Unroll the Filo dough. Drape a piece of plastic wrap over it and cover it with a damp towel to prevent it from drying out. Layer 8 sheets of Filo in the prepared pie pan, brushing each layer with butter and rotating sheets to cover the pie plate. Allow the edges to overhang the sides. Sprinkle a third of the nut mixture over the layered Filo.
- Layer four sheets of Filo over the nut mixture in the same manner; sprinkle with a third of the nut mixture. Repeat these last two steps. Top with an additional eight sheets of Filo, again, brushing, buttering and rotating the sheets. Fold the end of the overhanging Filo up over the top of the pie. Brush with butter.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the pie into eight wedges. Cut 1-2 additional sheets of Filo into thin strips; arrange decoratively on top of the pie. (Save remaining Filo for another use). Bake pie for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile in a saucepan, combine the sugar, water honey and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Pour the syrup over the warm pie. Let the pie cool in the pan.
- Sprinkle each slice of pie with a pinch of sea salt before serving.