Bacon Baklava Recipe
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Bacon Baklava Recipe

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Who says bacon can't be dessert? One bite of this surprisingly good Bacon Baklava will convert any naysayers. —Preci D'Silva, Dubai, United Arab Emerates
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. Bake: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips
  • 1 cup toasted chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 20 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 235 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 485mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  2. Coarsely crumble bacon into a food processor; add almonds and dates. Cover and process until finely chopped.
  3. Brush a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with some of the butter. Unroll phyllo dough; trim to fit into pan.
  4. Layer five sheets of phyllo dough in prepared pan, brushing each with butter. (Keep remaining dough covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.) Sprinkle with a third of the bacon mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with butter.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut into 1-1/2-in. diamond shapes. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Originally published as Bacon Baklava in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p70

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Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"I can't wait to make it."

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