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Today's international treat is from Greece!  Baklava is so delicious but can be a bit time consuming.  I'm showing you how to get the same great taste in bite size cups, making it "Southern" with an Orange twist!
 

 

AIMEE'S ORANGE BAKLAVA BITES

 

  • The orange comes from the syrup that you pour on top.
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Miniature fillo cups
  • Orange Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • zest of one orange

Mix pistachios, walnuts and almonds on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10 minutes to toast the nuts.  Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes.  Place nuts, cinnamon and melted butter into food processor and pulse mixture.  Using a melon baller, place "melon size" mixture into fillo cups (about 1 teaspoon).  Bake for 12 minutes at 350.  While baklava bites are baking, make syrup.  In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water and honey to a boil then reduce heat until mixture has thickened like you would make syrup; about 5 to 7 minutes.  After about 5 minutes, add orange zest.  When you remove baklava bites from the oven, spoon orange syrup over each bite, going back for a second and third time, if necessary.  (The nut mixture will "absorb" the syrup).  Enjoy!