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Friday, May 4, 2012

Baklava Cups Recipe



Couple months ago, I tried to make my very first Baklava (recipe here).  This is one of the most additive desserts I ever ate.  After my first successful attempt, I wanted to make this little treat again for our Easter's dinner; however, I want to make it a little bits different than the one I made the last time.  So I went online and find a pretty interesting recipe from Food Network.com.  The one appears on Food Network.com looks different than the traditional one I made the last time.  The ingridents are also a little bits different too.  I used walnuts and almonds as the recipe called for.  Also added bread crumbs and dried apricots too.  Don't under estimate the bread crumbs, they actually make a BIG different in the texture of the filling.  And the dried apricots make the baklava cups lighter than the traditional one.  

A traditional Baklava I made couple months ago.
The one I made the last time was closer to the one I had in Greece.  The one I made for Easter's dinner had a little Italian twist on it since Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian.  The one I made the last time was a little bits sweeter than the one I made for Easter.  They were different, but I loved them both!  Try both receipes and let me know what you think=)

This recipe was adopted from Giada De Laurentiis's recipe, you could also click here for her demo video:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 stick butter, melted, divided
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 12 sheets phyllo dough
  • Special equipment: 2 mini-muffin tins
Time:  60 mins
Make: 6 sheets phyllo dough make a dozen, 12 sheets make 2 dozens

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place the almonds, walnuts, apricots, bread crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves, and salt in a food processor. Run the machine until the mixture is very finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the melted butter and the honey and stir to combine
  3. On a dry work surface place 1 sheet of phyllo. Using a pastry brush and the remaining melted butter, lightly cover the entire sheet of phyllo with melted butter. Cover the first sheet with a second sheet of phyllo and brush with melted butter. Continue until there is a stack of 6 sheets of phyllo.
  4. Cut the stacked phyllo rectangle into 12 equal pieces (Cut lengthwise into 4 pieces and widthwise into 3 pieces.)
  5. Gently press each cut piece of phyllo into the mini-muffin tin cups. Press 1 tablespoon of the nut mixture into each of the phyllo cups. Gather the ends of each of the phyllo squares and twist to make a sachet shape. Continue shaping the remaining sachets in the other mini-muffin tin.
  6. Bake until the edges of the phyllo are golden, about 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. When cool enough to handle, remove the baklava sachets and transfer to a serving plate.

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