Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Baklava, it's good for the soul not the wasteline!

I made these baklava cups before Thanksgiving last year and had the guys at Fight Night be my guinea pigs. They didn't know what it was, but they disappeared before I knew it! They were surprisingly easy to make, other than my love/hate relationship with phyllo dough. :)

Baklava is a greek dessert with nuts, so if you're allergic you better stay away.


1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
pinch of salt
1 stick of butter, divided, melted
1/4 cup honey
12 sheets phyllo dough or pre-made phyllo cups

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place almonds, walnuts, apricots, breadcrumbs, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a food processor. Run the machine until mixture is finely chopped. Transfer mixture to a small bowl. Add 2 Tbsp. melted butter and honey and stir to combine.

If using the pre-made phyllo cups- you can fill the cups and place in the oven, on 350F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

If making your own phyllo cups- on a dry work surface, lay out a sheet of phyllo, brush with pastry brush and melted butter. Add another sheet, brush with butter, repeat. Continue brushing sheets until you have about 7-8 sheets. Cut the sheets into 12 squares and line a mini muffin pan. Fill the cups with the mixture and then bake.

Happy Tuesday!!

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