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Jan272012

Baklava Butter

Baklava Butter

I adore Baklava. I’ve never met one I didn’t like! But as far as making it, I’m not sure I have the patience, with all the layering that needs to be done. And then, after making it, I’d want to eat all of it! It’s so sweet and nutty--completely addicting. How could I turn it away, with all of those nuts, the sweet honey, and the crunchy, paper thin layers of phyllo dough?

I’ve found a way to get all of my favorite things from Baklava, without all of the work. How does it taste? Nutty, crunchy, sweet--but not too sweet, and there’s the telltale signature spice, cinnamon. I don’t see how I can go any amount of time without this in my kitchen.

The other day, while out shopping with Billy, I stopped to check out the cooking mags. I have an addiction, ok? I know, you do, too! The rack was filled with comfort food related issues for slow cookers (of which I don’t have) and casseroles (Billy strongly dislikes casseroles of almost any kind). I saw an issue of Cuisine at Home, which I’ve only ever picked up once or twice. But skimming through it, I saw quite a few promising recipes.

I didn’t even pick the magazine up to read it until a few days later when we got some free time. This recipe for Baklava Butter nearly jumped off the page while screaming my name. It’s true! I went out almost right away and got the nuts to make it.

Speaking of nuts, I know they can be expensive. Trader Joe’s has very reasonable prices on nuts if you’re near one. Whole Foods allows you to buy just the amount you need in the bulk foods aisle. If these aren’t options for you, try your nearest natural foods store. They’ll likely have a bulk food section. If none of these options are going to happen for you, then pick up the nuts you can. I’m sure this spread would be just as fantastic if you can only get one or two types of the nuts.

Don’t even get me started on the health benefits of nuts! By now, you should already know how fabulous they are for you, but if you don’t, check out this site. Every single nut in this recipe is so good for you! And it’s sweetened only with honey. Best part? You don’t have to mess around with blanching and skinning the nuts. Plus, it’s a no bake, quickie snack. So make some!

Baklava Butter

Baklava Butter

Makes just over 2 cups.
Adapted from Cuisine at Home.

1 cup almonds
2/3 cup walnuts
2/3 cup cashews
2/3 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 cup honey (Use organic! Cheap honey is full of nasty hidden chemicals and HFCS.)
1/2 cup water
Couple pinches kosher salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon


Pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor about 20-30 times. you still want to have some of the nutty texture, so don't overdo it.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Note: All of the nuts I used were roasted, not raw. You can certainly use raw if you'd like, and combined with honey, can be a raw spread for you to enjoy! If any of the nuts are salted, taste for seasoning before you add some salt.

So simple!

  • Serve this with your favorite bread, bagel, roll, etc.
  • Billy chose to swirl some into some Greek yogurt and said it was amazing. A must try!

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YUM

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Leftover Queen

I have all the ingredients! I am so making this! I've just started making my own nut butters recently but I think I'm addicted. :)

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLyB

My jaw just dropped seeing this in my google reader.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Oh my, this looks deliciously addictive!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy (Savory Moments)

elle what a fabulous idea!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervanillasugarblog

Ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod!

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Fun idea! This would be great over baked plums, apples or peaches too.

January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Duo Dishes

This sounds like da bombe! I'm going to spread it on apple and pear slices to avoid any guilty feelings that may surface!

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill Mant~a SaucyCook

Thanks for sharing your find. I love baklava so I'm sure this is wonderful!

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

OMG.....can't wait to try this. My Lebanese grandmother would be spinning in her grave at the thought of something so simple (and mixing the nuts together, lol) I have an urge to try this on pancakes!
Or inside crepes!

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

Felling particularly computer illiterate today; is there a way to Pin this on my Pinterest page? Don't use big words, please. Been sniffing cleaning chemicals all day :-)

January 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

Can't wait to try this, Elle. It looks phenomenal. I also tire of the phyllo layering - I'm a terrible greek. :)

January 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelly

What an interesting take on baklava. It certainly saves a lot of work!

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkat

This sounds delicious, but my question is about the bread in the first picture! Did you make that? And if so what's your recipe?

January 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOliviaJennie

i can't even put into words how enticing this is! baklava ranks among my favorite desserts, and this idea is ingenious!

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergrace

You've outdone yourself! I will absolutely be trying this...once I've been to the bulk section of the supermarket for cheaper nuts. Sounds absolutely glorious.

February 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhungryandfrozen

::::Drool:::: I love baklava but am too lazy to make it. This sounds like the perfect treat to satisfy my cravings! Plus...I already have a bazillion nuts...I order them from nutsonline.com!

February 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheminx

Baklavas are my favourate It looks phenomenal. I also tire of the phyllo layering...

February 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbest baklava

Oh my! I've never heard of such a thing. I love all the ideas that spring to mind as far as uses and applications. I'm a HUGE lover of all things nuts so this is right up my alley. Thanks Elle!

February 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRenee - Kudos Kitchen

I made the Cuisine at Home version (looks like it's nearly the same, but heavier on the almonds). I was a little underwhelmed by the lack of complex flavor, but then I spread it on bread, topped it with brie and apples, and toasted it. Wow, amazing!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

I love baklava, it's actually not too bad to make....you can cheat and only butter some of the dough layers :P but this sounds like a great idea! Delicious in fact.

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

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