Greek baklava rolls recipe (Saragli)

Greek baklava rolls (Saragli) recipe

Greek baklava rolls (saragli) made to perfection! An amazing combination of crispy golden phyllo wrapped around flavourful nutty filling, bathed in syrup scented with the aromas of lemon cinnamon and clove! Simply irresistible!

Saragli is actually a rolled version of the traditional baklava, which is very commonly served in Thessaloniki. It is rather simple to make and one of my personal favourites!

So I could not be more excited to prepare this one for you 😉 Just follow my step by step recipe below and all the tips and tricks I’ve pulled together and I can reassure you will really enjoy every bite of it!!

Prepare the syrup for the baklava rolls

Traditionally the syrup for the saragli is made with sugar, water and aromatic spices like cinnamon sticks and whole cloves!

If you have some at hand, stir in some good quality thyme honey. Honey will provide additional stickiness to the syrup, add an extra layer of aroma and enhance the flavour of the saragli. Finally honey helps the syrup not to crystallise.

Tip: For that little bit of freshness use some lemon peel and juice in the syrup.

Greek baklava rolls (Saragli) in a baking dish

When making these baklava rolls, start by preparing the syrup first. The syrup needs to be cold when adding to the hot baklava rolls. So it needs to be ready and at least at room temperature when the baklava rolls finish baking! Syrup can take a couple of hours to cool down completely, but if you are in a hurry you could pop it in the fridge.

Tip: Always ladle the hot baklava rolls with cold syrup, and wait for each ladle to be fully absorbed. This will ensure the syrup is equally absorbed and that the phyllo remains crispy!

Prepare the filling for the baklava rolls

The filling for the saragli (baklava rolls) is dead simple to prepare. It is made of a mixture of chopped nuts and the same aromatic spices used in the syrup (cinnamon and clove).

Tip: Ground clove can be a bit overpowering, so use it in moderation to prevent the filling from turning bitter.

For this recipe I used a mixture of walnuts and almonds, but you could actually use any kind of nuts you like. Pistachios are also very commonly used in baklava rolls so feel free to experiment! 

Tip: Try not to process the nuts until powdered. A mix of finely and roughly chopped nuts will give more texture and that delicious crunchiness we are after!

Preparing the nuts for Greek baklava rolls (Saragli)

How to make baklava rolls 

For this recipe I used 1 package of phyllo dough (450g/ 16oz.) containing 14 sheets, which where enough to make 7 baklava rolls. You will need 2 sheets of phyllo dough for each baklava roll. If your phyllo dough is thinner use 3 sheets for each roll!

Spread one sheet of phyllo on your counter and sprinkle with melted butter. Then top with the second sheet of phyllo and butter. Spread evenly some of the nut mixture (about 1- 1 1/2 tbsp).

Then it is time to shape into a roll. Take 2 wooden skewers and place them on the sheets of phyllo like seen in the pictures below and roll. When rolling try not to roll the saragli too tightly. Then using your hands, press the ends towards the middle, tucking them in and remove the skewers. Place on your baking dish and repeat with rest.

Greek baklava rolls (Saragli) preparation

Bake the baklava rolls

Baklava rolls need to be baked until wonderfully golden and crispy. You need to be careful though to bake them at low temperature (150-160C/ 300-320F, depending on the oven) and set in the middle rack so that they are cooked through and at the same time don’t burn on the outside. 

If your baklava rolls start browning too quickly cover your baking tray loosely with aluminium foil for the rest of the cooking time.

Tip: Always laddle the hot baklava rolls with cold syrup, enabling each laddle to absorb. This will ensure the syrup is equally absorbed and that the phyllo remains crispy. Enjoy!

Love Baklava? Take a look at my other nutty recipes below

If you love a syrup-y, nutty treat as much as I do, then these recipes are made for you!

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Greek baklava rolls (Saragli) recipe

Greek baklava rolls recipe (Saragli)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 25min
  • Cook Time: 70min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 21 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Greek baklava rolls (saragli) made to perfection! An amazing combination of crispy golden phyllo wrapped around flavourful nutty filling, bathed in syrup with the aromas of lemon cinnamon and clove.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 450g phyllo dough (14 sheets/ 16oz.)
  • 240g melted butter (8.5 oz.)
  • finely chopped nuts to garnish 

For the syrup 

  • 250g sugar (8.8 oz.)
  • 150g water (5.3 oz.)
  • 3 whole cloves 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • peel of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice 
  • 1 tbsp honey 

For the filling 

  • 180g nuts almonds, walnuts, pistachios (6.5 oz.)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove 


Instructions

  1. To make this baklava rolls recipe, start by preparing the syrup first. In a small pot add all the ingredients, except the honey. Place the pot over high heat and boil until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pot from the stove, add the honey and stir. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a pan melt the butter over low heat and set aside. 
  3. Prepare the filling for the baklava rolls. In a food processor add the nuts and pulse until the nuts are finely (and some roughy chopped). Add the ground cinnamon and clove and mix with a spoon to combine. Set aside.
  4. Open the phyllo package and place the sheets on your kitchen counter. Cover with a damp (not wet) towel, while you prepare the baklava rolls. 
  5. Butter a baking dish approx. 22x35cm
  6. Place one sheet of phyllo on your counter and sprinkle with melted butter. Spread some of the nut filling (about 1-1/2 tbsp). 
  7. Then it is time to shape into a roll. Take 2 wooden skewers and place them on the sheets of phyllo like seen in the pictures (not too tightly). Then using your hands, press the ends towards the middle tucking them inside and remove the skewers. Place on your baking dish and repeat with rest. 
  8. When done, brush the top with the rest of melted butter. If you have butter left, pour it evenly on top of the rolls. With a sharp knife cut the rolls into pieces.
  9. Bake in preheated oven at 150-160C (300-320F) for 60-75 minutes. 
  10. When baked laddle slowly the cold syrup over the hot rolls. Garnish with finely chopped nuts.
  11. Let the baklava rolls cool down before serving.

Keywords: saragli, baklava rolls


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2 Comments

  1. I’m really confused about the skewers. Can’t you just roll them up without them? What purpose do they serve?
    I really like the idea of the rolls!

    • Eli K. Giannopoulos

      Yes you can but I’ve found that the skewers help keep the phyllo dough rolled up neatly and straight 🙂

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