Try this recipe for rose baklava, then check out our classic baklava and savoury baklava.

Rose baklava recipe by Lily Vanilli

Lily says..."One of our best-loved pastries in the bakery is the rose apple tart, and I wanted to put our twist on the traditional Syrian baklava."


  • 4-5 sheets filo pastry sheets
  • 80g butter, melted but not hot
  • 2 handfuls walnuts, crushed to a near-paste
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 10g white sesame
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 200ml water
  • a handful culinary rose petals, (plus extra, crushed, for optional decoration)


  • STEP 1

    Combine the walnuts, brown sugar and sesame in a bowl and set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Make the syrup by bringing the water, sugar and roses to a boil in a heavy bottomed saucepan until the sugar has dissolved and is just starting to thicken. Scoop out the petals and discard. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.

  • STEP 3

    Cut your filo lengthways into pieces approximately 5cm deep. While you are working on one piece of filo dough, place the rest under a damp (but not wet) tablecloth to prevent it from drying out.

  • STEP 4

    Place one long strip of filo on your work counter, brush it with melted butter and fill the upper half with some of the mixture, spreading it all the way across the length of the pastry.

  • STEP 5

    Now fold up the bottom half and press it flat and as smooth as possible. Brush the top of the fold with more butter and roll it from left to right to form a rose shape.

  • STEP 6

    Repeat to make all your roses and bake for 20 minutes, or until they are just browning and the pastry is baked. I baked mine in a greased mini cupcake pan, but they should stay put if you bake freeform.

  • STEP 7

    Brush them with some of the syrup while still hot, and then allow to cool completely.

  • STEP 8

    I dusted my finished roses with crushed rose petals.

Please note this recipe comes from #CookForSYRIA recipe book and has not been tested by our cookery team. More information about the Cook For Syria book here.

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