Mini Paklava

Armenian recipe preparations tend to be time consuming. Never wanting to spend any more time in the kitchen than necessary, short-cuts had to be created for some of our family favorites. (My day job was as a High School Culinary teacher. I was in kitchens all day long!)

Without a doubt, the most popular Armenian dessert is Paklava (Baklava to non-Armenians). Flaky, buttery layers of Phyllo dough, with a center layer of chopped nuts & cinnamon, then drizzled with a simple syrup, Mmmmmmmmm!

Love it, but this takes too long, so here’s what I do…

Instead of using Phyllo dough sheets, I purchase bite-sized, pre-made Phyllo cups (15 count per box) in the freezer section of my local grocery store. What a time-saver! This works in other recipes, too.

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Mini Paklava

This short cut method provides a bite-sized paklava with all the taste, but without the fuss!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30 pieces

Ingredients

  • 2 15-count pkgs. Phyllo cups Athens brand; found in the frozen food section of grocery store

Finning Ingredients

  • 2 cups walnuts or pecans finely chopped
  • tsp. cinnamon

Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Instructions

  • Making the Filling: Mix the chopped nuts and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside until ready to use.
  • Making the Simple Syrup: In a small pot, combine the sugar & water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, stirring now and then, until sugar is dissolved and mixture begins to thicken a bit, coating the back of a spoon. Stir in lemon juice. Remove pot from heat. Cool until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Remove phyllo cups from packaging and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Put about one heaping teaspoon of nut filling in each cup.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. While still hot, drizzle a little of the cooled simple syrup over each cup.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. (Note: for a neater presentation, place each phyllo cup in a mini cupcake paper liner.)
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