Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nigella's Baklava Muffins

When I was a student, I used to rent and live in Brunswick, a northern suburb just above University of Melbourne. Living in Brunswick allows me to explore Lebanese food especially their pastries...Baklava. These muffins do not contain any Baklava... but they did have a combined crunch of nuts, sugar and honey which has a taste of Baklave but in a cake form.

Like what Nigella described in her book, these muffins are truly gooey, crunchy, soft and delicious, just as good as they can be.

Here's the recipe from the book, How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson 
(with my modification in blue)

Make 12

100g walnuts, chopped
75g demerara sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
45g butter, melted

210g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (replaced with baking powder)
75g caster sugar
1 large egg
45g unsalted butter, melted
250ml buttermilk (replaced with 175g yogurt and 75g milk)

125ml runny honey

Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced. Mix all the filling ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Mix the egg, melted butter and buttermilk (yogurt and milk). Make a well in the dry ingredients and add gently mix in the wet ingredients.
Fill 12 muffin cups 1/3 full, add a tablespoonful of filling, cover with muffin mixture until 2/3 full. Sprinkle any remaining filling on top of the muffins. Bake for 15 minutes. Put the muffins onto a rack to cool and drizzle with warmed honey.

Happy Baking


  1. looks fluffy yet moist in the middle :)

  2. Love the nuts you've incorporated into these muffins....look so moist and delicious! Will bookmark this recipe..thanks for sharing:)

  3. Oh well, back to the kitchen again...aren't you! ha.. Honestly, I didn't know that baklava is Labenese food. It's a very seductive flavour. Yours look incredibly luscious. Hope you're having a great day.

  4. They look so moist and flavorful! The Armenian side of my family prepared Baklava often:)

  5. OMG baklava is so good and these muffins sound yummy!! LOL

  6. Those muffins really looks moist and delicious. It is also sound simple to prepare. Thanks for sharing the recipe. This is one of my must bake list.

  7. Omg, feel like having that muffins,simply marvellous..

  8. ohh i love the gooey and crunchy description!! just remembered that i have this cookbook too :D time to get it off the shelf and check it out again!

  9. not too sure about baklava but these muffins looks most delicious and moist and i love that glossy topping u made!very attractive!

  10. last photo is so delicious! mmm, thanks for the recipe!


  11. i think my comments didnt go thru earlier, something wrong with my line. I just want to tell you that these muffins look most delicious and very moist and i love that glossy topping that you made,makes them look very attractive!

  12. Hey looks super good! And i love the way you substitute butter with yogurt and milk! Did it make the muffins even softer?

  13. These look amazing!~ I need to mark and make these asap.

  14. looks so moist! must be delicious! :)

  15. I think you are the Queen of muffins. Every muffin recipe you post makes me salivate.

  16. Looks so rich and yummy... Would love to have all of them...

  17. kids must be very happy to eat this yummy muffin, looks good and fresh.

  18. This post was originally published on 12 May 2011 (before noon) but was removed due to maintenance of Blogger later on the same day. My apology if you have seen this post more than once. Cheers.

  19. Those muffins look so good. If I wasn't allergic to walnuts, I would definitely be making them.

  20. Very appetizing with the nuts! :)

  21. Scrumptious and very addictive muffins..

  22. WOW! this look so lovely and flavourful! (:

  23. yeah, i remember seeing this post and i got problem commenting that too! i can see that it is so moist and i love the glaze on the topping!

  24. Wow how delicious! I love Nigella...her recipes are always wonderful!
    Your muffins looks super delicious! My mom has made baklava a few times and I absolutely loved it! Will be saving this for future reference!



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