The recipe sensibly starts by making the syrup ahead of time, which is just water, sugar, honey, cinnamon sticks and cloves heated together until combined (and in theory star anise, but Soph can’t stand aniseed flavour so I skipped that).
Then it’s filo faffery: layer, butter, layer butter… ad nauseam, with a couple of layers of mincemeat in the middle.
Some time later it’s all assembled and it’s time to cut into diamonds. Once again: I should always measure things as my eye for distances is terrible, so there are a huge range of sizes.
45 minutes later in a 180C (regular) oven and it’s looking nicely coloured.
After cooling it gets a topping of icing sugar before serving.
Mmm… fattening. It’s delicious… but frankly not worth the faff. I’ll stick to buying baklava from now on.