If you asked me what baklava was four years ago I probably would have told you it was some volcano version of the Lock Ness Monster. No, this isn’t a joke. Before meeting Neil I was a pretty picky eater, luckily my Greek man opened my eyes to the finer things in life – enter baklava, which unfortunately I can no longer indulge in due to my weak stomach. But for the rest of you, this is probably one of the best recipes I have ever made [says the Greek himself]. It is a combination of ooey, gooey, syrupy [is that even a valid descriptor?] baklava filling, surrounded by a fluffy muffin exterior, all topped with honey. If that description didn’t convince you turn on your oven and get baking, then how about this – the entire process took no longer than half an hour, and that includes 15 minutes of baking time.
Baklava Muffins – Not Gluten, Dairy or Sugar-Free, Just Irresistible!
Recipe from: Nigella Lawson
½ cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or margarine)
1 cup + 7 tablespoons all purpose flour (or whole wheat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup + 1 tbsp sugar
1 large egg
3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (or margarine)
1 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk (or 1 tbsp lemon juice mixed with 1 cup of regular milk – allow this mixture to sit for 5 minutes before using)
honey – as much as your heart desires
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper baking cups.
Mix all the filling ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add sugar.
In a wide-mouthed measuring cup, whisk the egg, melted butter and buttermilk. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid. Mix lightly and gently – I used a fork to mix it.
Fill the cups 1/3 full, add a scant tablespoon of filling, then cover with more muffin batter until 2/3 full.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the muffins from the pan and place them on a rack. Drizzle with honey.
This recipe makes 12 absolutely divine baklava muffins.
Now what are you waiting for?! Don’t walk, run to the kitchen and impress everyone with this to die for recipe!