This Berry Cheesecake Baklava is a fun spin on the traditional version–the perfect make-ahead summer dessert! If you are not into nuts then this is the baklava for you.
My sister-in-law Jessie got married this weekend! It was such a party. We stayed with Eric’s whole family in an Airbnb house. Last summer for his cousin’s wedding we all stayed on the same floor of a hotel, and it was not nearly as fun. Once we put the kids to bed we would try to sneak off to someone else’s room to play Bananagrams and Scattergories, but hanging out on the floor of a hotel room is just not the same as having a real couch and a kitchen to raid at night.
I learned that I am perfectly capable of wrangling grumpy, overheated toddlers in dangerously high heels and a bridesmaid dress (that I love) but that I can’t lift my arms above my head in. Truman was so tired at one point that he used his ringbearer pillow as an actual pillow. Nevermind those pesky diamond rings tied on.
But it was worth it because I got to dance all night with my super hot husband.
Charlotte has found her calling in life: Flower Girl. I think she’s going to go pro. Seriously, I have never seen a 4-year-old enjoy attention quite so much as when she gets to carry a golden basket and throw giant fistfuls of flower petals everywhere.
So you guys have had baklava right? I’m in love with the stuff. I have a pretty killer traditional version that I’ll share sometime, but first: Berry Cheesecake. It’s perfect for summer, since regular baklava seems like more of a Christmasy/fall thing to me. It’s layers of paper-thin phyllo dough, brushed with butter and layered with a cream cheese mixture and mixed berries. Did I mention the butter? You get to paint with butter. This baklava is basically like one big edible art project. I like it served cold or room temperature. Don’t forget to drizzle with honey!
You WILL tear your phyllo dough. Guess what. It doesn’t matter.
Make sure you slice the baklava before tossing it in the oven.
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