Dumante Baklava Muffins

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Last Updated on August 3, 2020 by Deanna Samaan

It is my birthday, yep October 6 is my birthday. I realized as I am a year older now, I have been growing and changing. With the move to the new apartment, I have felt my energies change. I know I am truly starting new. Every year I make a wish, and usually the same wish on my birthday, yes I still believe in making a wish on your birthday. This year my wish will most likely be the same, but this time I am changing it up a bit. No I wont tell you my wish, then it wont come true. I really like for it to come true, so my secret for now.

With the move, as I said my energies have changed, I finally realized I need changes, So why not start with that wish I make every year. It is time to stop waiting for things and it is time to start doing things. That is what I have come to realize as I am turning 39. I spent so much time waiting for everything, from healing my heart to putting my dreams on hold. It is time to start doing things for Dee. I have finally realized it time for Dee, not anyone else, and stop waiting for dreams to happen, go and make the dreams happen.

I realized what my real passions are, I took the month off from blogging because I was moving, in that month I realized I missed blogging. My passion is cooking and food. Everyone keeps telling me they are surprised I do not pursue a career in food. My passion is doing this blog, I been told I need to move to WordPress platform. Maybe it is time to do the next step, go for it, see if I can make my dreams come true, which is making this, my blog a second income, so if anything happens at work I will be ok I have this. I admit I make gas money right now, nothing that is a second income. I know it can be done. I got to change it up. It part that making my dreams come true.

So let’s celebrate my birthday. Dumante is one of my favorite liquors. I love the smoothness of this pistachio liquor. It is so wonderful not only in making a cocktail, but in baking too. It was the inspiration for me to recreate another favorite of mine, baklava. Traditional baklava is a lot of work, so I seen a recipe for a muffin version from Nigella Lawson. So let’s mix it up add some this great Dumante liquor to it and celebrate my birthday.

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baklava muffins on white plate with dumante
Yield: 12 servings

Dumante Baklava Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Dumante Baklava Muffins a sweet combination of flavors of #baklava in a #muffin! A #recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen


  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon Dumante liquor
  • 1 cup flour
  • 7 tablespoons flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dumante liquor


  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees and mix all the filling ingredients together in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.
  3. In another bowl, mix the egg, melted butter, vanilla, and buttermilk.
  4. Then make a well in the dry ingredients and add gently mix in the wet ingredients.
  5. Fill 12 muffin cups 1/3 full, add a tablespoon of filling, cover with more muffin mixture until 2/3 full.
  6. Then sprinkle any remaining filling on top of the muffins and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile mix the liquor and honey together, when the muffins are done, pull out and drizzle them with the honey mixture and let cool.
  8. When they are cool enough, then ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410

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  • Amanda
    October 6, 2014

    I love baklava, so putting it in a muffin and adding booze?? Yes, please!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes...
    October 6, 2014

    Happy Birthday! What a fun flavor for muffin! Glad you found your passion, now go forth and conquor!

  • azestybite
    October 6, 2014

    Happy birthday! What a way to celebrate your big day.

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    October 6, 2014

    Happy Birthday! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Baklava, but I’ve never had it in a muffin with booze. Obsessed with these.

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    October 6, 2014

    Mmm! Sounds great!

  • Diane {Created by Diane}
    October 7, 2014

    Wishing you a wonderful birthday and these muffins look fantastic what a great flavor combo

  • Vashti Q-Vega
    October 7, 2014

    Hello Deanna! This recipe looks scrumptious. It’s definitely a must try for the holidays. I’m pinning it!

  • Joanne T Ferguson
    October 8, 2014

    G’day Your muffins look delicious and wish i could try one now! OOMPAH!
    Cheers! Joanne

  • April @ 100lbcountdown
    October 11, 2014

    Happy Birthday! I hope all your wishes come true. I know I had the same feeling at 35, like I’m tired of waiting for things to happen. I get to be a SAHM, for which I’m eternally grateful, but my husband also said that it’s the time to pursue my dreams, whatever they are. So, this year, I’ve been actively trying to find it. Thank you for linking up with Creative Style Linkup! Have a blessed weekend!

    Your co-host, April

  • Kim Daniels Lewis
    October 12, 2014

    This looks fabulous! Pinned. We couldn’t think of anyone better to party with! Thank you for stopping by. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm.
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  • Swathi Iyer
    October 13, 2014

    Belated brithday wishes to you. This bakalava muffins looks delicious. thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop. pinning.

  • Ashley R
    October 13, 2014

    Happy birthday! I’ve never tried Dumante, but I love muffins and baklava, so it sounds very promising! Thanks so much for sharing, your post is featured in tonight’s What’d You Do This Weekend! Pinned ūüôā

    Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com