Cleta Burden of Porterville, California, took traditional baklava and added everybody's favorite ingredient. The result: outrageous and addictive.

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Credit: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Karen Shinto

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2 hrs
1 hr 15 mins
3 hrs 15 mins
Makes 85 (serving size: 1 piece)


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  • Preheat oven to 350°. Roast nuts on a rimmed baking sheet until dark golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Cook bacon in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and let cool. Set aside 1/4 cup.

  • Mix nuts, brown sugar, chile flakes, and larger amount of bacon in a medium bowl.

  • Use a pastry brush to lightly coat a 9- by 13-in. baking dish with some melted butter. Arrange a sheet of filo in dish, crinkling so it fits. Brush with about 1 tbsp. butter. Layer 2 more sheets the same way, pressing down lightly before brushing with butter. Sprinkle 2/3 cup bacon mixture over filo.

  • Repeat layers of 3 sheets of filo, butter, and bacon mix­ture until you use all the ingredients, ending with 4 sheets of filo. Brush any remaining butter over the top.

  • Using the tip of a paring knife, cut baklava lengthwise into 1-in.-wide rows. Cut off a corner. Working from there, cut baklava crosswise on the diagonal into 1-in. rows to make diamond-shaped pieces. As you work, hold down top layer of filo with your fingers on either side of knife.

  • Bake baklava until deep golden brown and flaky, about 45 minutes. In the last few minutes, heat marmalade, liqueur, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan, stirring, until mixture starts to boil. Pour hot mixture evenly over baklava and let cool completely. Cut into pieces and top with reserved bacon.

  • Make ahead: Up to 1 day, chilled airtight.

Nutrition Facts

74 calories; calories from fat 51%; protein 1.4g; fat 4.3g; saturated fat 1.8g; carbohydrates 7.8g; fiber 0.2g; sodium 92mg; cholesterol 8.1mg.