Baklava Muffins ~ #MuffinMonday

by FoodBabbles on December 12, 2011

This week for Muffin Monday, An of Baker Street threw a muffin recipe out there that when I read the title I thought, “Huh? How are we making that into a muffin?”  Drumroll please… This week we have baklava muffins! This sounds a little screwy but it’s really quite simply delicious. What’s the best part of baklava? Clearly, it’s the filling. That cinnamon, sugary, nutty filling is just the most delightfully tasty part.

The same thing can be said about these muffins. Golden, slightly sweet cakey muffins are filled with a cinnamon sugar walnut mix. They’re gooey, crunchy and just a mouthful of wonderful. When biting into this distant muffin cousin of the classic Greek pastry, you will definitely see how they are related. All the taste of baklava in cute muffin form.

What’s even better? They are quick, quick, quick to make! I love when sweets come together in a flash. It took me all of about 5 minutes to throw this batter together and they only bake for 15. In a whopping 20 minutes, you could have fresh, warm muffins right out of the oven. It seriously doesn’t get any better than that. These muffins are best served warm when the filling is still a little gooey. You must have at least one of them when they’re fresh but they were still wonderful the next day.



Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

Baklava Muffins from Nigella Lawson


1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter, melted


1 cup + 7 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 cup + 2 Tablespoons buttermilk


about 1/2 cup honey

– Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare a 12-cup muffin tin with liners.

– For the filling: Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

– For the muffins: In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.

– In a small bowl, lightly whisk together the egg, buttermilk and cooled butter.

– Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the egg mixture in. Stir gently. (It will be a little lumpy.)

– Fill the muffin cups 1/3 full. Add a little filling and then top with more muffin batter until the muffin cup is 2/3 full.

– Use any remaining filling as a topping. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

– Transfer muffins to a wire rack and drizzle with honey. Serve warm.

– Enjoy!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Baker Street December 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

These were absolutely divine! I made extra filling so that I could add it on the top too! So glad you liked these. 🙂


Stay-At-Home-Chef December 12, 2011 at 12:15 am

Definitely one of my best muffin attempts – they turned out so moist and tender! Happy Muffin Monday 🙂


Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

Haha…I had that exact same thought too about converting traditional baklava into muffin form! Aren’t you glad you tried making these? I am, they’re so totally addictive! So glad to be back doing Muffin Monday ;).


FoodBabbles December 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

I am definitely glad I made these muffins. They were wonderful!! They were one of my very favorites for sure


Aimee @ Food, Je t'Aimee December 12, 2011 at 8:29 am

Ooh I love your description of them, Kate! How I wish I could have joined you guys this week! I feel like this would be a wonderful breakfast muffin…


FoodBabbles December 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thanks Aimee! You should definitely try making them sometime. They were one of my favorites that we’ve done so far. And SO quick to make! Even my husband loved them and he usually doesn’t eat muffins too much.


Triin May 2, 2012 at 6:24 am

These were Sooo yummy! And you’re right – ridiculously simple to make. Absolutely loved them.
Only problem I had was that they were quite stuck to the muffin paper even though they left grease marks on the muffin tin. Don’t know what I did wrong..
Still thank you for this excellent recipe! On the top of my list 🙂


FoodBabbles May 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Oh I’m SO glad you made and and liked them!! And I’m so sorry to hear that they stuck to your muffin liners 🙁 Hate when that happens! I’m sure it wasn’t you though. Maybe next time just give the papers a spritz of nonstick cooking spray before you put the batter into them. Hopefully that will keep them from sticking.


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