Baklava is an eastern Mediterranean classic - chopped nuts layered between sheets of crisp filo, then drenched in aromatic sugar syrup. If it sounds indulgent, that’s because it is. But paired with a strong coffee is makes the perfect midday pick-me-up, and best of all, it’s also extremely simple to prepare. All you need is a heatproof dish that’s large enough to fit in your air-fryer, and off you go!
First of all, toss the nuts with the cinnamon and set them aside.
Unroll the filo pastry. Cut through the whole stack, trimming the pastry to fit the dimensions of the baking dish. Cover the trimmed filo sheets with a damp cloth to keep from drying out as you work.
Place two sheets of filo in a dish that will fit in your air fryer. Brush the top layer with melted butter, and repeat until you have 8 sheets of buttered and layered filo.
Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of nut mixture on top. Add two more sheets of filo, then butter, and sprinkle with more nuts. Repeat until your dish is full and/or you have used all of the filo. The top layer should be about 6 to 8 sheets deep.
Using a sharp knife, cut into diamond or square shapes all the way to the bottom of the dish. Place the dish in the air fryer and bake for 25 minutes at 360°F (180°C), until the baklava is golden and crisp.
Make the syrup while the baklava is baking: boil the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved. Add the honey and lemon peel. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, then remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool. Remove the lemon peel and discard.
Remove the baklava from the air fryer and immediately pour the cooled syrup over it. Leave it to cool before serving.