Brown Butter Macadamia Nut Baklava

Brown Butter Macadamia Nut Baklava: Macadamia nuts spiced with cloves and cinnamon then layered between sheets of filo dough and nutty-brown butter and topped with melted dark chocolate.

Macadamia Nut Baklava | figsandfeta.com

Our classic buttery baklava recipe gets all dressed up for the holidays by browning the butter and swapping out walnuts for the royal Queensland nut: the Macadamia.


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Caramel-Dipped Baklava Popcorn Balls

A Sweet Halloween Treat

Caramel-Dipped Baklava Popcorn Balls | figsandfeta.com

As a child, I remember my mom making popcorn balls around this time of year. One year, she even made a gazillion of them, wrapped them in plastic wrap and handed them out to trick-or-treaters. (Oh… the good ole’ days!).


Here’s a little time saving tip to making this delicious fun treat: use pre-popped popcorn. More specifically, I recommend SkinnyPop Popcorn.

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Baklava Bon Bons

Rich and Chewy Baklava Bon Bons made with Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies and Decadent Baklava

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In my ongoing quest to Greekify everything and everyone, and in my ongoing quest to create new and fun ways to use up the corners and edges of my baklava, I present to you: the Baklava Bon Bon


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Figs & Feta turns 1, Baklava Cupcakes, and a Giveaway!

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One year ago this month I published my first entry at Figs & Feta.

Funny story: I was a little unfamiliar with the platform at the time and accidentally clicked “publish” on my rough draft entry. Rather than deleting and starting over, I decided to let fate and faith take over.  I’m so glad I did…


Figs & Feta started out as a way to share my love for Greek food, my heritage and my family’s recipes as well as to enrich my love for photography and writing. 

You may have noticed Figs & Feta has received a little update. We look a little different but our goals are still the same:

1) To offer timesaving tips and short cuts updating the traditional tastes of Greece and the Mediterranean without sacrificing the rich flavors;

 2) To share original, creative and Modern Greek and Mediterranean creations for the 21st Century appetite!

To celebrate this fun and exciting year, I’ve teamed up with Old School Favorites , O Olive Oil  and Kings n Queens Jewelry of Greece to give one lucky reader an awesome supply of goodies including a Figs & Feta coffee mug and tote!

1 Year Birthday Giveaway! | figsandfeta.com

To enter for a chance to win simply comment below on this post and answer the following question: What was your favorite Figs & Feta recipe published this year?

One winner will be selected at random at midnight on Sunday, February 22, 2015. (Shipping to US residents only- sorry!)  (This giveaway has ended.  Please check to see if you won!)

Baklava Cupcakes | figsandfeta.com

Birthdays call for cake, so for this one I’ve created a Baklava Cupcake. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for a thrilling year! I’ve enjoyed this year tremendously and look forward to another exciting year ahead sharing tasty Greek-inspired goodies.

A few fun Figs & Feta stats: to date we’ve produced 75 posts, received 247 comments and 51,920 views. Some of the most popular recipes are Frappé Oreo Ice Cream, Classic Greek Butter Cookies, Fully Loaded Spiced Greek Fries, Lamb and Pork Souvlakia and Baklava Cheesecake Wedges.

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Decorating Baklava for Christmas

Baklava-Bites-3Recently, I was given a few bags of Red Walnuts to experiment with. Naturally, the first recipe that came to mind to tryout was Baklava, however, the color of these walnuts is too beautiful to be hidden between layers of filo and butter. The bright red attractive color needs to be seen!

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More Szauce Please…

Fudge-Pops-10I’ve been having so much fun recipe testing with Old School Favorites rich and delicious Chocolate Szauce and my children have been having a blast scraping the little glass jars clean. This szauce can go way beyond a delicious topping on an ice cream sundae.

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Pass the Szauce, Please

Rice-Krispies-7In a previous post, I mentioned that I always have stocked in my refrigerator and cupboard the necessary ingredients for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, including the irreplaceable Ion Chocolate. In addition, I always have baklava in my freezer. Yup- freezer. First of all, frozen baklava is Delicious with a capital D. Second, it is actually an amazingly delicious ingredient.

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Baklava Pop Tarts with Maple Icing

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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Kellogg Pop Tart. To join in the celebration, I thought how fun would it be to create a homemade pop tart. Then, I thought it would be fun to “Greek-ify” it by creating a Baklava flavored pop tart. And then, I thought it would be fun to create a Greek-ified Baklava flavored pop tart with lots of icing on the top, simply because I’m a sucker for frosting and icing. And so, the homemade Baklava Pop Tart with Maple Icing was born.

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Classic Buttery Baklava with Lemon Flavored Syrup

Baklava-Piece

I have to admit, as a child I was not a fan of Baklava.  Although my mother makes the best, I preferred other Greek sweets over this one.  As I grew older, however, I began to acquire a taste for this buttery, syrupy, sophisticated treat in all forms and variations- walnuts, almonds, even cashews.  It especially tastes great frozen, which incidentally inspired my Cinnamon Honey Baklava Ice Cream (coming soon!)- but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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