Baklava Muffins, recipe by Nigella Lawson

” I know this sounds like a mad idea, but I came across it in a ringbound book I bought off the Net in the middle  of the night called The Joy of Muffins. Joy indeed, for what do you know, these taste so good: gooey, crunchy, soft and filling; sticky buns for the slapdash cook.” – by Nigella’s How To Be A Domestic Goddess.


for the filling:

  • 100g chopped walnuts
  • 75g demerara sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 45g butter, melted

for the muffins:

  • 210g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 45g unsalted butter, melted
  • 250ml buttermilk (or 175g yogurt and 75g semi-skimmed milk)

12 bun muffin tray lined with 12 paper cases

for the topping:

  • 125ml runny honey


Preheat the oven to 200°Celsius/gas mark 6.

Mix all the filling ingredients together in a small bowl, and then get on with the muffins. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarb and sugar.

In a wide-mouthed measuring jug, whisk the egg, melted butter and buttermilk (or yogurt-milk mix). Make a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the liquid and mix lightly and gently, remembering to keep it bumpy rather than going all-out for smooth: anything more than the gentlest handling makes for heavy muffins.

Fill the muffin papers one-third full, add a scant tablespoon of filling, then cover with more muffin mixture until two-thirds full. Sprinkle any remaining filling on top of the muffins. [I had a bit of trouble dividing the mixture equally; towards the end I ran out of muffin mixture.]

Bake for 15 minutes, by which time they should be golden-brown and ready.

Put the muffins, still in their papers, onto a rack and drizzle with honey. You may find it easier to warm the honey a little before pouring. Makes 12.


Yummy! This is definitely something I’ll make again. More like a cake than muffin but I’m not complaining.

Future Attempt

I tried one muffin without the honey and I think it tasted just as good. So next time I’ll omit the honey…less mess and one less ingredient :). Also need to put less mixture during the first layer so I have enough left for the second layer.

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