At a recent Whole Foods class, the instructor premade some baklava (since it is supposed to sit for several hours). However, a mistake turned out to be quite serendipitous...
While boiling the sugar honey mix, her phone rang. In the few moments it took to say she could not talk, the mix boiled over. And I mean REALLY boiled over. She lost about a third of the syrup.
Since there was no time to start over, she used what she had and mainly poured it along the slice cuts.
This resulted in a baklava that was way less sticky and not nearly so sweet. The layers of phyllo remained delightfully crispy while the sweet seeped into the layer of nuts.
If you wish to replicate this alteration, just reduce the syrup ingredients by a third. And pour along the sliced area.