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Monday, May 5, 2014

"Cranberry Almond Baklava-Cheese cake" Cups

As though, 'Baklava' wasn't delicious by itself.....I bundled it up with cheese cake topping:))
It got a whole new look and flavor in these pretty cups of Crunchy filo dough cranberry-almond-pistachio baklava topped with a cheese cake like topping!!! I bet..you can't stop eating these beauties!!

How to make Cranberry-Almond Baklava:
15 Filo cups
1/3 Cup Almonds
1/3 cup dried cranberries chopped finely
1/4 Cup Pistachios
1tbsp Honey
1tbsp butter melted
1tsp lemon juice
1/4tsp cinnamon powder
1/4tsp lemon zest

1) Preheat the oven to 350F
2) Toast the almonds and pistachios for 5-7 mins.Don't let them brown. Chop finely after cooling.
3) Mix together chopped nuts, cranberries, honey, cinnamon, lemon juice, zest and melted butter.
4) Spoon into the filo cups and bake for 5-7 mins at 350F till the filling is heated. Let them cool completely.

Cheese cake topping:
Mix 1/2 Cup cream cheese brought to room temperature with 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk.Mix till smooth and fluffy.
Fill into a pastry bag and pipe onto the baklava cups.
Garnish with dried cranberries.

Keep the Baklava Cheese cake cups in the refrigerator till ready to serve