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Baklava Bites February 17, 2009

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It wasn’t too long ago that I had my first experience with baklava.  My mom’s boss has a big Lebanese family, and one Christmas he sent her home with some of his sister’s home-made baklava.  I only got a small piece of it, as the rest was demolished by the rest of my family, but I was hooked.  I’ve never tried making the real thing myself, but when I saw this less messy and more travel-appropriate version, I just had to try it.  I made these for a new years party, (where I also brought the cheesecake filled chocolate covered strawberries) and they went over quite well with the non-chocolate lovers of the group.  I really love the combination of cinnamon, honey and walnuts in these — it makes the filling chewy, spicy and warm, which is a nice contrast to the crispy puff pastry.

These do take a little bit of time to assemble, but I found that it’s a lot easier when you’ve got everything assembled and ready to go.  I didn’t have to roll out my puff pastry at all, because the sheets were already the size that the recipe called for. The only thing I would do differently is add some kind of glaze.  They looked a little plain on the outside, and I think an extra bit of sugar on the outside would have worked really well.  An easy way to do this would be to combine some powdered sugar, a little bit of vanilla and honey, a dash of vanilla, and enough water or milk to form a very thin glaze to drizzle on top.  Also, unless you’re super confident in your pastry-closing skills, I would recommend lining your cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.  My pockets tended to leak a bit as the puff pastry expanded, and let me tell you, burnt-on caramel is not an easy thing to get off a cookie sheet!

You can find puff pastry at just about any grocery store.  Look in the frozen section, near the pie crusts and ready-made desserts.


Baklava Bites

Adapted from: Baking Bites

Makes: 20

1 box (16 oz.) puff pastry, at room temperature

1 c. walnuts, finely chopped

1/4 c. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of salt

1/4 c. honey

2 tbsp. butter, melted

1) In a small bowl, mix together the walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and salt.

2) Add the honey and melted butter, mixing until well combined.

3) On a lightly floured surface, lay out the puff pastry.  You should have two 8×10 inch sheets.  Gently roll out to reach that size, if needed.

4) Cut each sheet into 2×4 inch strips.  You should get 10 strips from each sheet, for a total of 20.

5) Place 1/2 tbsp. of the filling on one side of each strip, folding over the other side to form a pocket.  Pinch the edges together very tightly.

6) Place pockets on a greased (preferably foil or parchment lined) cookie sheet.

7) Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until puffy and golden brown.


3 Responses to “Baklava Bites”

  1. Maggie Says:

    These sound easy and tasty. My sister-in-law makes killer bakalava but despite my begging hasn’t shared the recipe.

    • pharmfresh Says:

      Why thank you! And if your sister-in-law ever does decide to share, do pass it on!

      If you’re ever in the Grand Rapids area, you should try Marie Catrib’s. It’s a fabulous little restaurant that uses as much local Michigan food as they can get their hands on, and a lot of their menu items are either vegetarian or vegan. And their baklava is AMAZING!

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