Masterchef Australia began this week - and I must say it has been a long time since I looked forward to sitting down and watching a locally produced show on our free-to-air channels. Apart from the name it doesn't really share much of the structure of the UK version I am a fan of. Despite it's slightly more theatrical nature I am delighted to have a food show that showcases Australian produce and chefs.
There really is nothing quite like watching an hour of drool worthy food to get you out of hibernation and into an apron. Even my kitchen-shy husband felt inspired to cook, although that inspiration didn't manifest physically...
Expecting friends for an afternoon spent catching up, I wanted something sweet to eat with a pot of tea and good conversation. Oddly enough, although I have grown up with Greek food there just aren't many Greek sweets that I love. As I often find honey too sweet, I tend pass on desserts like baklava. My husband on the other hand absolutely loves it. I have avoided making it as I like to be able to devour everything I take the time to create. However, when I stumbled upon this recipe I immediately wanted to try it out and perhaps find a baklava inspired dish we will both love.
prep time: 15mins.
cooking time: 15mins.
taste: 4.5/5. It is no surprise that hubby really loved these. I on the other hand, found the texture a little odd - very spongy, not muffin-like at all. The sweetness comes from the honey which helps to bring out the subtle cinnamon and walnuts - without the honey these would be lackluster. I also added 1/4tsp nutmeg to the muffin batter. Overall these are nice with only a little sweetness, although they are a little hard to eat as they stick to the papers.
would I make it again: Yes - might play around with the filling, and perhaps add a little more sugar to the batter.
recipe: Baklava Muffins