Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Honey Nut Phyllo Triangles
This recipe - phyllo dough enclosing a honey sweetened mixture of chopped nuts and spices - might also be called baklava bites. Truth be told we are gearing up for a big move and trying with all our might to use up the contents of our freezer. And I’ve had half a box (a box comes with 2 sleeves) of phyllo dough in our freezer since I made apple turnovers a while back. As with all recipes involving phyllo, it takes a bit of time and patience to make the triangles, but the process is actually really simple and the result is delish. Also, because the triangles aren’t soaked in a syrup like traditional baklava they are not as tooth-achingly sweet, which I think is a plus.
Honey Nut Phyllo Triangles
1/2 Box (1 Sleeve, about 14 sheets) of Phyllo Dough, thawed
1/2 Cup Melted Coconut Oil (or Butter if that’s what floats your boat)
1 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Nuts (I used 1/2 Cup each of Almonds, Walnuts, and Pecans)
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (plus extra for sprinkling on top if desired)
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
1/2 Cup Honey
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
2) Unfold the thawed phyllo dough, keeping the sheets stacked neatly. Slice the stacked sheets of dough into four strips lengthwise. Then stack the 4 sets of strips and cover with a wet paper towel to keep the phyllo dough from drying out.
3) To make the filling: mix together the nuts, spices, and honey.
4) To assemble: place one strip of phyllo dough on a clean dry surface, brush the dough lightly with oil/butter, and then place another strip of phyllo dough on top of it. Next, place 1 teaspoon of the nut mixture at one end of the 2 stacked phyllo strips. Fold one corner of the dough over the nuts to form a triangle, fold the triangle over again, repeat as if you were folding a flag until you reach the end of the strip. Place the triangle on the parchment lined sheets. Repeat with the remaining phyllo strips (you will likely have more dough than you need, so if a few strips tear, just toss them and don’t sweat it!). Brush the tops of the triangles with a bit more oil.
5) Bake the triangles for 8 minutes, rotate the baking sheet 180 degrees, and bake another 8 minutes or until they are lightly golden brown.
6) Let cool, then dust lightly with cinnamon (optional).
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