Baklava Tassies

Harness the decadent flavors of baklava, a classic Middle-Eastern dessert, in a tiny, bite-size tart.



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Ingredients
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    Nonstick cooking spray
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    1   
    egg, slightly beaten
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    2/3  cup 
    sugar
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    2   tablespoons 
    honey
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    1   tablespoon 
    butter, melted
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
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    1 1/2  cups 
    finely chopped walnuts
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    16   sheets 
    frozen phyllo dough (14x9-inch sheets), thawed
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    1/3  cup 
    butter, melted
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    3/4  cup 
    sugar
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    1/2  cup 
    water
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    2   tablespoons 
    honey
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    finely shredded lemon peel
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    2   teaspoons 
    lemon juice
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    2   inches 
    stick cinnamon

Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray twenty-four 1 3/4-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together the egg, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and ground cinnamon until combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts until coated; set aside.
2.
Unfold phyllo. Place one sheet of phyllo on work surface (cover remaining phyllo to prevent if from drying out; see tip); brush phyllo sheet with some of the 1/3 cup melted butter. Top with a second sheet of phyllo. Repeat brushing and layering two more times (four sheets total). Brush top with melted butter. Trim edges to form a 12x8-inch rectangle. Cut phyllo stack into six 4-inch squares. Repeat with the remaining phyllo sheets and butter to make twenty-four 4-inch squares. Press phyllo squares into the prepared muffin cups.
3.
Stir walnut mixture; divide between the phyllo shells. Bake in a preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until phyllo is golden brown and filling is set. Cool tassies in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
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Meanwhile, for syrup, in a small saucepan, stir together the 3/4 cup sugar, the water, 2 tablespoons honey, lemon peel, lemon juice, and stick cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove stick cinnamon. Spoon 1 teaspoon syrup over each tassie. Cool tassies completely in pan on wire rack. Carefully remove from muffin cups. Makes 24 tassies.
Storage
  • Place tassies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw 2 hours at room temperature before serving.
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