Armenian Mini Baklava Recipe

Armenian Mini Baklava Recipe
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Armenian recipe preparations tend to be time-consuming. Never wanting to spend any more time in the kitchen than necessary, shortcuts had to be created for some of our family favorites.

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 and cinnamon, then drizzled with a simple syrup. Love it, but this takes too long, so here’s what I do to save time…

Instead of using phyllo dough sheets for this baklava, I purchase bite-sized, premade 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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16
Servings
150
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Two 15-count packages premade phyllo cups
  • 2 cups walnuts or pistachios, chopped finely
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, then add the lemon juice. Cool until ready to use.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the phyllo cups on a baking sheet. Put 1 teaspoon or so of nut filling in each cup. Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and while still hot, drizzle some of the simple syrup over each cup.

Serve warm or at room temperature. (For a neater presentation, place each phyllo cup in a mini cupcake paper liner.)

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
7g
10%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
19g
15%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
163µg
23%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
94µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
45mg
5%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
52µg
13%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
24mg
8%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
34mg
5%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
42mg
3%
Water
33g
1%

Armenian Shopping Tip

Armenian cuisine relies on some fragrant and expensive spices and seasonings such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, coriander, turmeric, and sumac. If possible, buy and store them whole; whole spices have a stronger aroma and flavor.

Armenian Cooking Tip

For a stronger flavor and aroma, toast spices before grinding them, and only grind the amount that you need for the recipe. Keeping spices whole until needed extends their shelf life.