I happened upon these muffins while studying my copy of “How to be a Domestic Goddess” by Nigella Lawson. My purpose in studying the book was to find a unique dessert recipe for the weekend however my attention was diverted from that task when I flipped the page and saw this recipe. Baklava is one of my favorite treats and I knew I had to make these muffins. As always I changed a few things. I used Whole Wheat Pastry flour and Turbinado sugar to make them a little healthier. Overall the finished product was delightful. They are perfect with a cup of coffee around 10 in the morning!
Makes 12 Muffins
Adapted from “How to be a Domestic Goddess” by Nigella Lawson
For the filling:
- 1/2 c chopped walnuts
- 1/3 c turbinado sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp melted butter
1 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 c turbinado sugar
1 large egg
3 tbsp melted butter
1 c + 2 tbsp buttermilk
- 1/4 c honey reserved for the topping
- Preheat oven to 400
- Mix the filling ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar until well combined. Set aside.
- In a small bowl mix the egg, melted butter and buttermilk until well combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, stirring until the mixture is just combined. Do not over mix.
- Fill the muffin cups 1/3 full.
- Add a spoonful of the filling.
- Fill the rest of the muffing cup until 2/3-3/4 full.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes (or until finished)
- Once finished remove from the oven and let sit for a minute or two.
- While the muffins are still hot remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.
- Heat the honey on the stove over medium heat.
- Drizzle the honey over the muffins and enjoy!
- I used a melon baller to put one scoop in the bottom of each cup. Then I added the filling and scooped a final dab of muffin mix on top. It worked quite well and got rid of a lot of mess.
- If you lightly spray your muffin cups before filling them the muffins will slip out of them beautifully without sticking to the sides.
- For easy clean up place the cooling rack on top of a cutting board to catch any drippings as you drizzle the honey.