I want to make Baklava, but I do not know how long to cook the syrup for.

Some websites say 4-5 minutes, some say 20 minutes, and I am clueless...

I am using an 8x8 pan, 7 oz of white sugar and 7 oz of water.

Is there a specific temperature I should cook it to?


To avoid confusion - I am not looking for a simple syrup recipe, like the ones used to flavor drinks or keep cakes moist. I need a "light syrup", used for oriental sweets (as I've read), and most of the recipes call for "5 minutes of gentle boiling", so that is my best bet so far.


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No, there is no specific temperature you need to reach. Once the sugar is dissolved (which will happen well below boiling temperature) you’re done.


You can test whether the sugar is dissolved by taking a tiny amount of the syrup and rubbing it in between your fingers.

If you heat the syrup for too long, you will get it to be a slightly yellow color.

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