After Sonja spent a few weeks wandering around Santorini, she wanted to bring some of the flavors of Greece home. Inspired by her trip, she created these Baklava Filo Cups have all the flavor of baklava without the tedious work.
plus more for garnish
homemade or purchased
Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Melt 1 tablespoon butter. On a clean workspace, place 1 filo sheet, taking care to handle it delicately. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the top with butter. Carefully place the next sheet on top of the first sheet (as exact as possible), smooth it out, and brush the top with butter. Repeat for all 5 sheets, brushing the top sheet with butter as well.
If your filo dough is frozen, make sure to defrost it the night before (place it in the refrigerator, according to the package instructions). You can then remove the filo sheets that you need and re-freeze. To help with the filo dough consistency, you can also place the dough under wax paper and then a damp towel to keep it moist while working. We found either way works, but chose to simply work quickly without this added step.
With a pizza cutter, cut the large piece of layered filo dough into 12 rectangles by cutting the long side into 4 even strips and the short side into 3 even strips (trim off rough edges if necessary). Take each rectangle and mold it into the cup of a mini muffin tin. Bake for 10 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
Chop the walnuts and pistachio then melt 1 tablespoon butter. Stir together the chopped nuts, melted butter, 3 tablespoons honey, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of kosher salt in a medium bowl until evenly combined. Divide the nut filling evenly among the filo cups.
Bake the cups for 10 minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and lightly toasted. Remove and drizzle with extra honey before serving. Serve immediately.
All photography and food styling by Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks.