Baklava Cigars

I would like to momentarily interrupt my chocolate cake quest to bring to you these amazing little Baklava Cigars, also known as Poura in Greece.  This recipe is enough for 30.  I made 90 of these for my older sister's international themed party and had a lot of time to perfect the mixture and taste.  And I think I have a responsibility to warn you that these contain traces of absolute pleasure.

150g walnuts, finely chopped
80g blanched almonds, finely chopped
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
10 sheets filo pastry
125g unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp blanched almonds, finely chopped, extra
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon extra
2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for Syrup
1 lemon
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves

Defrost your filo sheets for 2 hours so that they are easy to use and seperate without ripping.  Follow the instructions on the box in case it recommends a different defrost time.  If you're worried about the pastry from drying out, pop a slightly damp tea towel on top of the stack.  In a food processor, process the walnuts and almond until they are finely chopped.  You do not want them to be a powder (like almond meal) but you don't want them to be too chunky either.  It's a size that you could not possibly achieve with a knife, but don't go overboard with the processing.  Once processed, combined these nuts with the sugar and spices and vanilla in a bowl.  Lay 1 sheet of pastry on a large board, horizontal way.  Cut pastry sheet into 3 even strips.  Brush each strip with butter.  Spoon 3 level teaspoons of nut mixture into a pile on the end of the pastry strip.  Ensure to leave a 3.5cm border.  Fold in sides, brush with butter, roll up tightly to form a cigar shape.  Repeat with remaining pastry, butter and nut mixture.  Place cigars onto greased oven trays, brush with remaining butter.  Bake in moderate oven about 12 minutes or until lightly browned; cool on trays.  The cigars can be premade and left in the fridge until you're ready to make the syrup.  Do not make the syrup until you are absolutely ready to serve them.

Method for the Syrup
Spot the half eaten cigar...
Place cigars in a single layer inside a shallow pan.  Set aside.  Using a vegetable peeler, peel ring thinly from half of lemon.  Combine sugar and water in pan, stir over heat, without boiling until sugar is dissolved.  Add rind, cinnamon, and cloves to pan.  Simmer, uncovered, without stirring for 2 minmutes.  Cool slightly before pouring syrup over the cigars, and sprinkle extra nuts and cinnamon over cigars.  Serve.  If you have left overs, the cigars will continue to soak up the syrup and become less crisp, but this is equally as delicious. If you want more syrup-soaked cigars, then soak them before serving.


  1. Absolutely beautiful. I love to make baklava, but have never made them in this shape. They always serve them in bakeries like this. These are really fun and I bet they were a hit. I could eat half the batch myself, so addictive.

  2. We have a great tradition of baklava here. Whether it is from Greece or Turkey I do not know, but baklavas can be found in every house. A bit too sweet for me, but a classic

  3. they look delish! I'm hearing our George Calombaris from Master-Chef say this word - He loves Baklava!! Have a lovely week-end!

  4. If only cigars actually tasted this delicious! I love baklava, yours look perfect. :~D

  5. You are so nice to have made these for your sister. Baklava is one of my favorite desserts. Yours looks wonderful. I love that you made it into cigar shapes...much easier to eat..great idea:)

  6. I don't normally like baklavas but I'd gladly try one of yours. Looks great! Its very nice of you to make them for your sisters party, I'm sure everyone enjoyed them!

  7. I love baklava and yours look so delicious! It's nice to have made these baklava for your sister :)
    Have a nice week-end!

  8. I love anything that even slightly resembles baklava! How delicious are THESE!

  9. Mmm, they look sinful!

  10. just as julia rob. said in "eat prey love" for her pizza she had a personnel relationship with, i think i could end up saying the same thing with those cigars, they look d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!!!



  11. hi Brittany

    I love those little baklava cigars!! its been way too long since I have tasted that wonderful little dessert!
    thanks for sharing your recipe with us!


  12. Wow...they look amazing. I've always thought baklava seemed like a lot of work because of the filo, but this makes me want to give it a try. Yum!

  13. tes cigares sont bien réussis ta sœur a de la chance d'avoir ce beau dessert
    bonne journée

  14. I used exactly the same recipe (Australian Women's Weekly or sth similar?), and LOVED them. I was positively surprised how easy the preparation was actually :)

  15. @ Pille the recipe was modelled of my "Easy Greek Cookery" recipe book. But I think they are rather standard :)

  16. Yum. I could eat these until I was ill....what an appealing image for you!

  17. Looks yummy! I have never tried a baklava before, seen many recipes on this though! Will have to give this a try someday!

  18. Absolutely delicious, never tried making them, yours look perfect..

  19. Baklava...especially in this wayyy too easy to eat form...put a happy dance in my step. I love the crispy delights you've made here ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  20. I love baklava but never thought of attempting it. I am going to add it to the list of new things to make. I am not ready yet.

    You are fantastic.

  21. Wow! I must admit I only found out recently what is baklava, and here I can see great idea for different shape

  22. Yum yum. What a fabulous idea! I love baklava.

  23. These look so good. One of my absolute favorite desserts- just beautiful.

  24. Well they couldn't fail to please - I love baklava, but I think you might just have topped it making them this way.

  25. Love your half eaten cigar by the way! Also, well done for making the baklava, I love this pastry and tried to make it once, but burnt it. Yours looks amazing though!

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