Baklava lovers, huddle up. Now listen closely. Clear eyes…full hearts….
Ok, ok. I may be watching a few too many episodes of Friday Night Lights lately. (And crushing big time on Coach Taylor!)
But seriously, baklava lovers, I clearly and fully believe I have stumbled upon something you must try — these quick and easy Baklava Cups!!
When I saw my friend Kristin’s recipe this week for spanakopita bites, they reminded me that I still had a few leftover boxes of phyllo cups sitting in my freezer. (Always good to have on hand!) And for some reason, her appetizer sparked the idea to turn one of my other favorite phyllo recipes into some little “cups” — baklava! I know that the process of making homemade baklava is fairly complex, but the actual ingredients themselves are super simple — just some nuts, honey, maybe a little butter, and phyllo dough.
So the bite-sized-dessert-lover in me instantly thought it would be fun to try and make baklava with my phyllo cups! I popped over to the Middle-Eastern market across the street and bypassed the real baklava (yes, I live with the temptation every day of fresh baklava being sold a block away!), and instead beelined for the huge bins of nuts. While you can literally make baklava with whatever nut or combination of nuts you want, I decided to go colorful with a mix of pistachios, almonds and walnuts. Then I came home and chopped them up, combined them with some butter, cinnamon and honey, popped them into mini phyllo cups, warmed them in the oven, and then drizzled each with an extra dose of honey. And…then indulged. :)
These baklava cups were amazing!!! They seriously tasted just like the real deal, and were so quick and easy to make. All of those delicious toasted nuts paired perfectly with the crispy phyllo and warm honey, and (bonus!) they don’t even make your fingers sticky when you eat them. I can already tell that this is going to become one of my new go-to desserts to serve to friends.