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Baklava Cups

During our trip to Turkey, one of the treats we enjoyed the most was baklava.  It can be found in any Turkish bakery and is offered as a dessert option at almost any restaurant.  We’re no strangers to baklava in America, pretty much everyone is familiar with it.  Still, there was something about eating it in Turkey that made it taste just that much better.  I’ve been craving this sweet, nutty taste since we’ve been back. I definitely don’t have the patience (and probably the skill) to make baklava from scratch, so I came up with the idea for these baklava cups instead.

These baklava cups contain all of the flavor and texture of traditional baklava, but in a form that is much easier to make!  I had some phyllo dough leftover from the gozleme I made a few weeks ago.  I used this phyllo to make the cups.  You can also purchase pre-made frozen phyllo cups at most grocery stores.  If you decide to make the cups yourself, be sure to place at least three layers of phyllo at the bottom of each up to keep the filling from seeping through.  I don’t know about you, but I find phyllo SO difficult to work with!  Are there some secret tips out there about how to not rip phyllo dough!?  It seems like the second I touch it, it rips.  For a recipe like this though, ripped phyllo is ok, just make sure you use enough pieces to make a fully covered cup.

For some reason, I’ve been obsessed with fresh ginger lately.  I’ve been grating some into everything from cakes to tea.  These baklava cups were no exception!  I grated fresh ginger into the nut mixture which provides a depth of flavor, and also some holiday sparkle.  These baklava cups make a stunning addition to any holiday dessert table!

I’m sharing this at Fiesta Friday, hosted by Judi and Mollie!

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Baklava Cups
Baklava cups are a much simpler way to achieve all of the flavors and texture of traditional baklava, with much less effort and time required.
baklava cups up close
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Servings
Ingredients
baklava cups up close
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange your nuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes. Remove the nuts and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Place the phyllo dough into a cupcake or muffin tin. Make at least three layers of phyllo in each cup to prevent them from ripping or spilling.
  3. In a blender combine the nuts, melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and salt (if using). Pulse until the mixture until the nuts become small pieces and all is slightly combined.
  4. Fill the phyllo cups with 1-2 tablespoons of the nut mixture. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes, until the phyllo begins to brown.
  5. While the cups are baking mix together the water and honey. After removing the cups from the oven, pour the water and honey mixture evenly over each one. Enjoy!
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