Baklava cheesecake

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Baklava Cheesecake

This baklava cheesecake recipe is one of the most surprising combinations ever and works so well that I might just admit that this is the most delicious cheesecake I have ever made! Taking classic baklava one step further, this is a must try recipe for baklava and cheesecake lovers. Lighter than traditional baklava, in the meantime more exciting flavor profile than traditional cheesecake, the best of both! You will be pleased to know that making this baklava cheesecake is super easy too, it comes together really quickly and a perfect cheesecake recipe even if you are beginner in the kitchen.

Baklava Cheesecake

What is baklava cheesecake

Baklava is a layered dessert made of filo pastry, filled with chopped nuts, and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is a super popular dessert all around the world particularly in the Middle East and Greece with small local adjustments.

This Baklava cheesecake recipe delivers on the key baklava and cheesecake attributes! Creamy and light cream cheese filling on top of walnut filled filo pastry layers soaked in aromatic honey rosewater syrup. A dangerously delicious recipe, I warned you! Let´s get started!

Baklava Cheesecake

My Top 5 Baking Tips for home bakers

  1. Read this recipe carefully including my tips and recommendations on how to avoid and fix typical issues during baking
  2. Avoid using substitutes and changing the recipe unless you are aware of how to fully reformulate the recipe in order to keep the balance in texture as well as flavour. In general, substituting ingredients, leaving out ingredients, or using ingredients not on the right temperature etc. will all have an impact on your baking
  3. For consistent, happy baking experience always measure your ingredients with the help of a Digital scale. Cup measurement is not an accurate way to measure ingredients and can easily lead to a little bit too much of this, too little of that that is the most common reason for baking fails
  4. Did you know that most home ovens can significantly under or oven run? Also, oven temperature hugely drops when opening the oven door therefore it is recommended to always pre-heat the oven above the required baking temperature.
  5. Temperature is super important factor in baking and accurate oven temperature is key, can make or break any recipe. Make sure you invest into an inexpensive Digital oven thermometer to avoid under baked or burnt baklava cheesecake

Important notes regarding the INGREDIENTS of this Baklava cheesecake recipe

For the baklava

  1. Filo pastry: While I am all about baking from scratch, filo pastry is not something I recommend doing at home unless you are professional and have the right equipment. What is filo pastry? Filo or phyllo is a very thin (thinner than paper) dough used for making pastries such as baklava. Baklava is made by layering many sheets of filo brushed with butter and filled with nuts. Filo pastry is usually available in the supermarkets either frozen or refrigerated, if it is not accessible in your local supermarket, worth to try Middle Eastern theme shops or restaurants.
  2. Walnut: Make sure you use whole walnut (so not the ground version) and roast it first in the oven for a few minutes for the flavor to really come out. Then, I recommend to pulse bland the whole walnut in food processor or chop it by a knife. The walnut should not get totally ground, but should stay in tiny pieces. Instead of walnut you can use pistachio or even hazelnut or mix these
  3. Butter: Use always unsalted as you want to be in control of the quantity of the salt. I am using 82% fat content butter in all my recipes. Butter needs to be melted in the microwave for a few seconds
  4. Sugar: No sugar in the actual baklava filling! Just the right amount of sweetness will come from the syrup
Baklava Cheesecake ingredients

For the cream cheese filling

  1. Cream cheese: I always use full fat Philadelphia tub when I state cream cheese in my recipes. I find it easy to cream (need to bring it to room temperature first) and very pleasant in taste. I usually beat it with a hand mixer for 1-2 minutes, just until it becomes fluffy and increases a bit in volume. Avoid over whipping
  2. Granulated sugar: I use simple, white granulated sugar, nothing fancy . While beating it up with cream make sure the sugar granulates fully dissolve. If you want to learn about the different types of sugar and how to use them in baking, please read my article in here.
  3. Egg: Room temperature as always
  4. Heavy cream: Also known as whipping cream or double cream, has a fat content between 36% and 40% . Use it on room temp so the mixture can properly emulsify and do not substitute with vegetable based “whipping cream”. Heavy cream will make the filling effectively more creamy, super smooth and rich
  5. Flour: I used simple AP flour, you probably won´t have problem finding that in your local supermarket. If you want to be a Pro when it comes to deciding what type of flour to use in your baking, please read my article in here
Baklava Cheesecake ingredients

For the syrup

First thing first, some typical mistakes. What makes the baklava sometimes unpleasantly sweet and also very soggy is the inappropriate sugar syrup quality and quantity. Regarding quantity, the recipe below will provide enough syrup to “hold” the filo sheets together but without making the dessert overly soggy and overly sweet. Regarding sweetness, I am using a mixture of sugar, honey, water simple syrup base and offset the sweetness with lemon juice! It does not taste lemon, but lemon balances the sweetness of the syrup.

  1. Sugar + Honey: Use simple white granulated sugar, nothing fancy or expensive. Honey is natural inverted sugar, I used acacia honey. If you want to learn about the different types of sugar and how to use them in baking, please read my article in here
  2. Lemon juice and zest: Secret ingredient no. 1. As mentioned above, it won´t really add any taste as such but balances the sweetness. You can´t skip this, believe me. Zest needs to be added to the syrup in 2-3 pieces then needs to be removed before drizzling dessert with the syrup
  3. Cinnamon: Secret ingredient no 2. I am using a medium sized cinnamon stick, again won´t give too much flavour as such more like a very slight cinnamon aftertaste
  4. Rosewater: Secret ingredient no 3. Please note that there is a huge different between pure rosewater, pure rose essence and all the other fake ones. Make sure to only use 100% natural pure rose products for your health and also for maximum taste. In terms of rosewater and rose essence, rosewater is sold in a larger bottle usually and you have to use more of that vs. rose essence. I am using 1 table spoon here. If you have rose essence at home, which is a much more concentrated product, then you only need to use a tiny amount, like one teaspoon or even less. Rosewater is rather a love it or hate it flavour, so feel free to skip it if you don´t like it. In the meantime if you haven´t tried it before, I really recommend start using it in desserts, it pairs amazing not just with Middle Eastern desserts but also with e.g. raspberry
Baklava Cheesecake process

My top 6 tips regarding the TECHNIQUE of making this Baklava cheesecake recipe

1. How to handle and bake with filo pastry

Filo is an extremely versatile, super thin pastry, which needs to be handled with care. Depending on whether you purchase it frozen or not, first you will need to bring it to room temperature but do not open the package yet as the pastry can get dry out very quickly. Once the pack is open, place the sheets in between very lightly wet tea towels to make sure that the filo won´t dry out while you are assembling the baklava cheesecake.

Baklava Cheesecake process
place the sheets in between very lightly wet tea towels to make sure that the filo won´t dry out while you are assembling the baklava cheesecake.

2. How to make the cream cheese filling

This is a classic cheesecake recipe that comes together really quickly, all you need to pay attention is not to over mix it. You will only need a couple of ingredients like Philadelphia cream cheese, cream, eggs, a little bit of sugar and a small amount of flour.

Whip cream cheese with sugar for 1-2 minutes until fluffy, mix in flour, add eggs and finally the heavy cream, mix just until combined, do not over mix. If you are spending more than 3 minutes with preparing this filling then you are probably over beating it.

I am not using vanilla and lemon – that are often used in cheesecake fillings – because the flavor of this baklava cheesecake will very much come from the syrup.

Baklava Cheesecake process

3. How to assemble this baklava cheesecake

My filo bag had 10 large filo sheets and I have used all 10 of them – that gives a high enough baklava layer under the cheesecake layer.

While assembling the baklava cheesecake use the following pattern (from bottom to top):

2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut

2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut

2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut

2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut

2 sheets filo

Then comes the cream cheese filling on top

Don’t forget to trim the filo pastry around the cake pan before baking. Please see process pictures below!

Baklava Cheesecake process
Baklava Cheesecake process
Baklava Cheesecake process
Baklava Cheesecake process
Baklava Cheesecake process
Baklava Cheesecake process

4. How to bake this baklava cheesecake

First and foremost, always pre-heat you oven for at least 10-15 minutes and make sure you invest into an inexpensive Digital oven thermometer to avoid under baked or burnt baklava cheesecake. If your oven tend to burn more on the top, it is better to bake this cheesecake more on the bottom so the filo pastry won´t burn.

Can I bake this baklava cheesecake without water bath? Yes, absolutely! You will be pleased to see that this cheesecake won´t crack on top!

I suggest to bake the cheesecake in the following way; First bake it at 180C / 356F for 45 minutes, then remove the side of the spring form and bake for a further 25 minutes so the side gets also golden in colour. This baklava cheesecake is rather tall therefore require minimum one hour baking time, however please note that each oven is different and you will have to experiment with your own one. If the cheesecake was browning too much on top, feel free to cover it with aluminium foil towards the end of the baking time.

Baklava Cheesecake process

5. How to make soaking syrup that is not overly sweet

Making syrup is super simple, you will literally have to boil all the ingredients together (except rosewater) however it is worth to note 3 important things:

1. Boil the mixture for a 5-10 minutes (depends on stove) so that it gets syrupy. If mixture is not syrupy enough but more on the liquid side, it can make the cheesecake wet and soggy instead of moist. Add in rosewater after syrup is ready

2. Prepare the syrup towards the last 5-10 minutes of the baking time so it will be ready by the time your baklava cheesecake is baked

3. While drizzling the cheesecake with syrup I suggest to focus on the side around where the filo pastry is. It is fine to drizzle the cheesecake part (middle) a tiny but but the main focus should be to moisten the filo

Baklava Cheesecake process

6. What baking pan to use to make baklava cheesecake

You will definitely need a spring form like  this one. Spring form type of baking pan has two parts: a round shape base and a side band with a clamp. The band expands and contracts by opening and closing the clamp. Easy peasy! For the best results, choose a non-stick finish and I recommend a not too large (15-20 cm / 6-8 inch) but deep version to avoid sad looking flat cakes. The one I am using is 19 cm / 7,5 inch in diameter spring form, this one.

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Baklava Cheesecake

RECIPE CARD – Baklava cheesecake

Creamy and smooth cream cheese filling on top of walnut filled filo pastry layers soaked in aromatic honey rosewater syrup
4.8 from 15 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Waiting Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 824kcal

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 250 g filo pastry 1 pack of store bough filo (10 sheets)
  • 50 g Unsalted butter melted
  • 140 g walnut roast whole walnut then pulse blend

For the cream cheese filling

  • 450 g Cream cheese eg. full fat Philadelphia tub
  • 120 g Granulated sugar
  • 15 g AP flour
  • 3 Eggs room temp
  • 75 g Heavy Cream room temp

For the syrup

  • 118 g Water
  • 70 g Granulated sugar
  • 50 g Honey
  • ½ Juice juice Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • ½ Lemon zest Zest of 1/2 lemon. Do not grate, it should be in 2-3 pieces so that you can take them out from the syrup later
  • Cinnamon stick medium sized
  • 1 tablespoon Rosewater only use pure 100% natural rosewater

US customary cup measurement is an indicative figure only. Measure the ingredients with a digital scale by weight (gram). Baking is art but also science which requires precision and accuracy.

Instructions

  • Start with roasting walnut in the oven for 5-10 minutes in 200 C / 392 F. While roasting buts, make sure you do not burn it and remove it from the oven after you start to feel a lovely nutty smell
  • Keep the oven on so that it will get pre-heated for baking the cheesecake. Adjust temp to 180C / 356F
  • Pulse bland walnut in food processor until very tiny pieces but do not ground it fully. Alternatively use a sharp knife and chop it by hand
  • Continue with making the cream cheese filling by creaming room temperature Philadelphia cheese with sugar for a minute or two until it gets fluffy
  • Mix in flour, add eggs and finally the heavy cream, mix just until combined, do not over mix
  • Continue with melting butter in microwave. This will be used to brush the filo
  • Continue with preparing the filo pastry and place them in between two very lightly wet tea towels so they don´t dry out
  • Then it´s assembling time. Take your spring form and generously grease the bottom and side as well with butter
  • As explained above from bottom to top the layers are:
    2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut
    2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut
    2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut
    2 sheets filo then butter brush + walnut
    2 sheets filo
    Then comes the cream cheese mixture
  • After assembling, trim filo around the baking pan (with a scissor)
  • Bake your cheesecake in the following way: 180C / 356F for 45 minutes, then remove the side of the spring form and bake for a further 25 minutes so the side gets also golden in colour. Adjust baking time to your oven – if necessary
  • While baking prepare the syrup: Boil all the ingredients together except rosewater until slightly thickens (5-10 minutes depending on stove) and reaches syrup consistency. Remove from heat, remove lemon zest pieces and cinnamon stick and mix in rosewater
  • Pour syrup over the cheesecake as soon as cheesecake comes out of the oven. While pouring the syrup focus on the edges (where filo pastry is) but some syrup can also go on top of the cheese part
  • Let it cool and further set in the fridge for minimum 3 hours then decorate with pistachio and rose petals if you like

Nutrition

Calories: 824kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 1523IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 3mg
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Baklava cheesecake

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25 comments

Abrar August 22, 2020 - 8:09 pm

5 stars
AMAZING 😍 i am quite sure every time trying one of your recipes that it will be amazing 😉 love that it’s not too sweet and still delicious 😋

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Lenka Cardozo September 22, 2020 - 8:08 pm

5 stars
I like it so much, it’s really delicious

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admin September 23, 2020 - 10:23 am

Thanks for trying my baklava cheesecake, hope you will make some more recipes from my site!

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Julia Müller October 24, 2020 - 5:42 pm

5 stars
My colleagues were absolutely in love with this cake.

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admin October 26, 2020 - 9:23 am

Thanks for your kind feedback! I am totally in love with this cake too:)

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Cake Me Out October 25, 2020 - 8:22 pm

5 stars
I couldn’t wait to make this recipe after seeing it on the Instagram page ! And it did not disappoint! I was worried it would be abit too technical but the instructions were so straightforward and broken down that it was actually really easy ! I think next time thought I would make even more of the syrup and soak the walnuts in it just to be extra ! Thank you for a lovely recipe !

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admin October 26, 2020 - 9:56 am

Thanks for your kind feedback! Happy you liked my recipe!

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Jean November 17, 2020 - 12:21 pm

I am wanting to make your recipe. Can I use a combination of pistachios and walnuts?

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Jean November 17, 2020 - 12:23 pm

Can I make it in advance or will the filo get soggy?

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admin November 18, 2020 - 9:00 pm

It is a baked cheesecake and it won´t get soggy although would not keep it for more than a 2-3days.

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admin November 18, 2020 - 9:00 pm

Sure, why not? :) Let me know how it goes!

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Effimia Shammas November 22, 2020 - 7:07 pm

Made the baklava cheese cake ! Tastes amazing and delicate ! Thank you for all your recipes and efforts .

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admin November 22, 2020 - 8:55 pm

Thank you!

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Shilpi Bansal November 23, 2020 - 9:16 am

5 stars
Simply amazing

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admin November 23, 2020 - 10:46 am

Thanks, glad you like it!

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Annie Motiwala December 31, 2020 - 3:13 pm

5 stars
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Yelda January 2, 2021 - 3:01 pm

3 stars
I made this yesterday, but the cheesecake portion of the recipe (which I made twice) seems to be missing something— the taste and texture was off. I’m a pretty good baker, so not sure what happened. Otherwise it’s yummy!

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admin January 2, 2021 - 4:09 pm

Hey, the cheesecake part is made of using ingredients that you normally use in a cheesecake, not sure what you were missing. For many, this is the most fragrant, aromatic cheesecake ever due to the honey&rosewater syrup added on top after baking. I wonder if you did follow the recipe or perhaps skipped the syrup or some other steps.

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Ani April 28, 2021 - 6:36 am

5 stars
Great recipe!

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admin April 28, 2021 - 6:42 am

Hey
The ingredients pic is only visual guide pls follow the recipe it’s 3 eggs. The recipe by the way works with 2 eggs also but sponge will be shorter.
I will include the exact grams you are right, I am using 50g eggs.
Re oven, I suggest middle but you have to see in your oven.
Good luck let me know how it goes :)

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@TheQuietKitchen May 23, 2021 - 7:58 am

4 stars
Hi, I tried out this recipe and while I was concerned about the cheesecake, it did set and came out light and creamy. A word on oven temperature, it may be good to cover the cake with a track when baking so you get even heat distribution and baking of the cheese layer while not burning the pastry.

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Sadaf Rehman June 3, 2021 - 8:49 pm

5 stars
Superrr

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Salma June 4, 2021 - 7:03 am

5 stars
Great recipe. Thank you for sharing.

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Marianthi June 8, 2021 - 4:36 pm

I am making the baklava cheesecake right now and even though in the comments you state that no sugar is used, ( except the syrup), in the recipe section there are 120g sugar added to the cream cheese mixture. Which one is the correct one?

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admin June 8, 2021 - 4:38 pm

I mentioned that no sugar is used in the baklava part. The cream cheese filling contains sugar as it is also stated in the “ingredients list”

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