Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaA gorgeous Greek pastry made with layers upon layers of delicate phyllo dough and vanilla bean custard.  Bright green pistachios and amber honey make this one elegant pastry!

Pistachio and Honey BougatsaWhat on Earth is a Bougatsa?  I came across this funny sounding Greek dessert while hunting some inspiration for my next post.  Low and behold was this absolutely gorgeous rustic masterpiece on Phoodie.  At first glance, my thoughts were…”Well, this looks like it’s going to take some effort.  Let me think of every excuse imaginable so I don’t have to get off Pinterest…”  I checked out the ingredients and method and was shocked to see how simple it was!

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Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa

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Pear and Fig Baklava

Pear and Fig BaklavaLuscious layers of buttery phyllo dough nestled between gorgeous layers of cinnamon pear, pistachios, and pecans.  Baklava was never meant to be boring.  It was meant to be epic like this Pear and Fig Baklava!

I hope everyone is ready for a fabulous New Year’s Eve!  I’m going to live vicariously through all the cool kids tonight.  First of all, I’ve never been able to stay up past midnight.  Don’t think that’s because I’m a parent, or old, or have two early to bed kids.  I’ve been that way since my 20’s.  It’s so sad!  I blame it on my old soul.  Secondly, I do have two little kids who can’t seem to keep it together past 9.  In our house 9 P.M. is the witching hour of tantrums, whiny little voices, and utter melt downs.  So every New Years Eve it’s hot chocolate, a cozy blanket, and the good old fashioned New Year’s countdown from my quiet little television.

Pear and Fig Baklava

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Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes

Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes Sweet honey cornbread cupcakes turned into the best shortcakes you will ever have.  Triple sugared berries piled high with fluffy clouds of home made whipped cream.  Summer was always meant to be this sweet

Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry ShortcakesNow for my new summer favorite.  These Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes are the perfect excuse to raid your fridge for berries.  The shortcakes are dripping with tons of juicy tart berries but don’t forget the star of this dessert.  It’s the moist sweet honey cornbread that will have you coming back for more.  I played with the idea of cornbread as strictly a dessert when I made Blueberry Cornbread Cupcakes.  They were devoured by everyone within a three foot radius.

Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes

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Sweet Potato Pie Baklava

Sweet potato pie baklava with toasted marshmallow topping and sweet cinnamon honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comLuscious sweet potato pie filling nestled within the layers of phyllo dough and drizzled with sweet cinnamon honey syrup.  Toasted gooey marshmallows top this gorgeous baklava.  Sweet Potato Pie Baklava will be the star dessert at your Thanksgiving!

Sweet potato pie baklava with toasted marshmallow topping and sweet cinnamon honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comLast month I made Apple Cinnamon Baklava and fell in love.  It wasn’t just a one night stand.  It was a heavenly apple pie and baklava marriage.  But now I’m ready for the honeymoon and  something that will give me butterflies in my tummy.  This Sweet Potato Pie Baklava totally does that. Love is a beautiful thing.  Sweet potato pie love that is.

Sweet potato pie baklava with toasted marshmallow topping and sweet cinnamon honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comThe sweet potato pie filling does something so magical to the baklava.  Ever worried about dry baklava?  You won’t have to worry one bit with this baklava.  The sweet potato pie filling makes every layer luscious and moist.  Did I mention luscious?  And the dreamy topping of toasted marshmallow just makes it even more special.

Sweet potato pie baklava with toasted marshmallow topping and sweet cinnamon honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.com

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Baklava Cupcakes

Baklava honey cupcakes with mascarpone whipped frosting and topped with a slice of baklava, pistachios, and honey drizzle - www.yummycrumble.comDelicate honey cupcakes topped with cinnamon mascarpone whipped frosting, sprinkled with chopped pistachios and drizzled with honey syrup.  A miniature slice of homemade sweet baklava top these Baklava Cupcakes.

O.M.G.  I know that phrase is wildly overused, but O.M.G.

On Monday I slaved away in the kitchen making Apple Cinnamon Baklava.  Just kidding…It was so much easier than I expected and the final result was out of this world.  Picture if Christmas morning and Miss Baklava hooked up and had a baby.  Not out of wedlock of course.  Miss Baklava is a very traditional kind of lady.  That’s what my Apple Cinnamon Baklava tasted like.  Lovliness.  These Baklava Cupcakes are a special kind of lovely.

Baklava honey cupcakes with mascarpone whipped frosting and topped with a slice of baklava, pistachios, and honey drizzle - www.yummycrumble.comAs it baked in the oven,  I had a vision of these cupcakes.  Fluffy mascarpone delicately sitting on a light, not overly sweet honey cupcake and a gorgeous piece of baklava perched on top. With a lot of hand slapping,  I managed to save some Baklava on the side specifically for these Baklava Cupcakes.

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Apple Cinnamon Baklava

Apple Cinnamon Baklava with apple cider honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comCrispy and nutty Apple Cinnamon Baklava with luscious golden layers of crispy phyllo dough, walnuts, and apples.  A honey syrup made with spiced apple cider deliciously drench each layer.

While drudging my way through college in my freshman year, I managed to work two jobs.  One was a particularly arrogant clothing store which will remain nameless. I will give you a little hint.  It rhymes with Flabbercrombie & Itch.  Worst job ever.  My other job was a hostess for Acropolis Grill, a little mom and pop Greek restaurant where “Opa!” was shouted every 7.5 minutes.  Or just whenever someone had ordered the “Flaming Cheese”, also known as Saganaki.  Which was every 7.5 minutes.  Very popular dish at the little Acropolis Grill.

Apple Cinnamon Baklava with apple cider honey syrup - www.yummycrumble.comBaking baklava has always intimidated me.  For the longest time I had this misconception that Baklava was a frighteningly difficult dessert to bake.  With all its layers and layers of dough and hearing that “There’s nothing worse than a dry Baklava.”, I figured it wasn’t worth the fuss.  Well, thank you Pioneer Woman!  She has a fantastic tutorial for Baklava.  Let me just say, thank the Gods for frozen phyllo dough.  I cannot imagine the time it would take to make some from scratch.  My inspiration for Apple Cinnamon Baklava came from Amy Bites.  She has a great tutorial as well.

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