Muffin Monday: Baklava Muffins

This week’s recipe comes from domestic goodness Ms. Nigella Lawson, and is one that has received rave reviews online. Ironically it also happened to be a recipe that I’ve had bookmarked for ages. Go figure! I was finally gonna get my chance to give it a try.

Combining the exotic, spiced flavouring of Baklava within a muffin form, the recipe basically layers a straightforward muffin batter with a filling of walnuts, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. The chopped nuts and syrupy nature of this famed dessert came through nicely, although without the signature filo pastry I found it reminded me more of a streusel muffin than baklava. But it was still good! Really good.

Wanting to dial up the beautiful spiced flavour that I love in baklava, I decided to use eggnog as my liquid ingredient (you could also use buttermilk or a combination of plain yogurt and low-fat milk). The creaminess of the eggnog made these some of the most moist muffins I’ve made to date!

I also opted to use some lovely blood orange infused syrup that my brother-in-law dropped off after confessing he would have no idea what to do with the stuff. Score! I loved the slightly tart orange flavour which imparted a fantastic tang without becoming too overpowering. I can’t wait to experiment further with this syrup – fancy holiday cocktails anyone?!

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