Sunday, February 16, 2020

Baklava Honey Pie #Recipe and #Giveaway from Guest Nancy Parra

Our guest today is Nancy Parra. She'll tell us about her latest book, Death Bee Comes Her, the first in a new series. Nancy will also share a recipe and give away a book to someone who leaves a comment at the end of this post. 
Please welcome Nancy, a good writer, a good cook, and a good friend. 

Take it away, Nancy!

Hi Mystery Lovers, Thank you for letting me visit and share with you my latest book, Death Bee Comes Her. It’s a cozy mystery set on the beautiful coast of Oregon. Wren Johnson, our protagonist, owns “Let It Bee” a shop using honey and honeybee products. She even has a hive in the wall of her store (encased in glass) so people can see the bees at work.

Death Bee Comes Her is the first in a new series and is a Barnes and Noble exclusive this year. You can find it here.

For today’s blog, I’m sharing my Baklava Honey Pie recipe.

Baklava Honey Pie


1 16-ounce package of phyllo dough (you can find it in most freezer sections at your local grocers)
1 pound of real butter (melt ¼ of a pound at a time. You might not use it all, but you can never have too much butter in Baklava.)
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of honey
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
¾ cup of water
4 cups of finely chopped walnuts (you can substitute pistachios or almonds or combine all three.)

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

Step 1: Thaw filo dough (over-night in the refrigerator is best).

Step 2: In a heavy sauce pan, mix together sugar, honey, lemon juice and water. Boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Then reduce the heat to med low and boil unstirred for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Step 3: Butter a 9-inch pie pan. Place a sheet of thawed phyllo dough in pie pan gently tapping it along the side to take the shape of the pan. Use a pastry brush, brush on melted butter to completely cover the dough. (Some dough will hang over the edge. We’ll address that later.) Turn the pie pan and place a second sheet of dough so that the points hang over opposite of the first sheet. Tap into pan and brush on butter. Repeat turning the pan and placing the dough and buttering until you have ten sheets. (Tip: cover the remaining dough with a damp tea towel to prevent it from drying out while you are layering)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Step 4: Finely chop the nuts and combine with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon. Spread about ¾ cup of nut mixture over phyllo dough. Repeat with five more sheets, turning the pan, buttering each sheet with melted butter. Add ¾ cup of nut mixture. Repeat until you only have ten sheets left. Finish off the top of the pie with 10 layers of buttered sheets. Brush the top with butter.

So it should go like this: 40 sheets of Phyllo
10 buttered, ¾ cup of nut mixture
5 buttered, ¾ cup of nut mixture
5 buttered, ¾ cup of nut mixture
5 buttered, ¾ cup of nut mixture
5 buttered, ¾ cup of nut mixture
10 buttered and butter the top
If your package is less than 40 sheets, still put ten on bottom and ten on top and fewer layers in the middle.

Step 5: Carefully trim off extra phyllo dough hanging over the edge and using a fork press and seal the edge of the pie. Cut pastry into 1 ½ inch wide strips, then cut again diagonally to form traditional diamond shapes. Bake at 325 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 min or until golden brown.

Step 6: Remove the pie from oven and immediately spoon the cooled syrup over the hot baklava evenly. Let cool completely uncovered.
Tip: let it sit 4-6 hours or overnight before serving. Store at room temperature, covered with a tea towel. It can keep up to two weeks but that rarely happens at my home.

You can find more honey recipes and tips about bees in the book. The Oregon Honeycomb series is my latest mystery series. I also write as Nancy J Parra and Nell Hampton. Please feel free to visit me online. 



I’m happy to give away a copy of Death Bee Comes Her to one lucky winner. To enter leave a comment below by February 22nd and list your e-mail address.

Honey and bee products are used for more than just yummy recipes. What is your favorite way to use honey?


  1. I've only ever used honey for food. However, I do love Burt's Bees lip balm. It's the only thing that works for me. jdzchaotickittie (at) yahoo (dot) com

  2. What a timely recipe. My cousin gave me a jar of honey produced by her bees. I do use honey in some other recipes. One recipe is a marinade for pork chops. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  3. I love baklava so much and this pie looks amazing. I can't wait to make it! I like honey in hot tea, biscuits and english muffins.

  4. What a great recipe! I can't wait to try it and to read your newest book. Thank you, Nancy.

  5. The pie looks delicious! I mostly use honey for eating but I love Burt’s Bees products. My favorite is the Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment. It makes my lips feel great. cking78503(at)aol(dot)com

  6. What a fun recipe, Nancy, and great book title. Shared your giveaway on my Facebook page. ~ Daryl

  7. I really enjoy your writing. I don’t do Barnes and Noble, only Amazon. I’ve been disappointed I couldn’t try this book. I haven’t tried it but I’ve heard honey can be used for wounds. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

  8. I love putting honey in my tea. I also use it in my oatmeal.

  9. I'm not sure which sounds better, the recipe or the book - here's hoping I win - thanks for the chance - trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com

  10. Your recipe is delectable and the book would be greatly enjoyed. I use honey in tea especially when my throat is a problem. honey is soothing and lovely. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. This looks so good.

  12. Mostly use honey in food. We do have big blocks of the wax which are great for everyday household use, like running it along thread to make it slide through easier when sewing.

    1. Oh Alicia, I'd forgotten about waxing thread - thanks for the reminder!

  13. Honey on buttered toast.
    lbbydodd at comcast dot net

  14. Drizzled over waffles
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  15. Welcome, Nancy! A baklava recipe I might actually be able to make!

  16. That pie looks delicious! And the book cover looks delicious too. Just want to jump in and read it!

  17. I would love to try this recipe! I love drizzling honey in plain yogurt or just on toast or a bagel with butter! Thanks for the chance! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

  18. I love baklava! Sometimes I like to put honey in my oatmeal.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

  19. congratulations on your new book. I love honey. I bake with it. I put it in my tea, etc. But this recipe is wonderful for this time of year: Homemade Sore Throat Gummies Recipe with Lemon, Ginger and Honey
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

  20. Looks yummy although I'm not a big honey fan! Love your work!! suepete12 at yahoo dot com

  21. The MINUTE I'm done with my diet I will be making this. I love Baklava!. I use honey with tea and lemon for sore throat, Burt's Bee lip balm is always in my purse and I love honey on toast.

  22. My favorite way to use honey is in my tea. Looking forward to start reading your new series.

  23. I've used honey in the usua ways - cooking and tea - but also in making soap and candy.

    Would love to read this - thanks for the chance!

  24. I mostly use honey on biscuits or when I have a cough.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  25. During the winter I use honey daily in tea, and on crackers and baguettes. Your recipe is wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  26. I have not used honey for reasons other than food, but I should give a mixture of it a try on my very dry lips.
    browninggloria (at) hotmail (dot) com

  27. I like to put honey in my tea. Jteastman215atgmaildotcom

  28. This is an interesting recipe. I make baklava every year at Christmas. I look forward to trying your version.

  29. I love your books and look forward to new series.karen , at