I mentioned in my previous post that I could write a whole post about this sweet treat, baklava. So here goes.
I do love this flaky, gooey confection. The first time I ever remember having it was at Fifth Third Bank (DUMBEST name for a bank EVER) when my team lead made everyone cookie plates for Christmas and baklava was one of the treats on everyone's plate.
I’ve heard it’s made by buttering sheets & sheets of phyllo dough and layering those with a honey / chopped pecan mixture. The result is deliciousness! I would never have the inclination / patience to produce such a treat, but I’m glad there are people out there that do.
One of my favorite places to procure baklava is the farmer’s market in downtown Omaha. You can get a huge piece, sometimes half dipped in chocolate (YUM) for just a few dollars. And if you play your cards right, that can last you awhile. Or even be shared and STILL last you awhile! And yes, I realize this may not be the exact definition of farmer’s market produce, but I just simply don’t care.
As I said previously, Jim & Jenny’s Greek restaurant also produces good baklava. And Feta’s, sadly, does not. I didn’t care for the abundance of cinnamon that was prevalent in theirs.
One of the easiest little mini treats I make is Baklava Cups. The same basic flavors of baklava but in a much less time-consuming form!
1 pkg frozen mini fillo shells (15 shells in a pkg)
2/3 C chopped mixed nuts (preferably Pistachio or Pecan Lover’s Mix)
¼ C honey
1 tsp water
Fill frozen shells with nuts. Place on a baking sheet (with sides) and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Mix the honey and water. Pour evenly into shells. Serve warm or at room temperature.