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!