Thursday, August 6, 2020

Fried baklava wontons

This is a sponsored post by Challenge butter, but the text and opinions are all mine. Thank you for supporting brands that make Kylee's Kitchen possible!

My favorite thing about the state fair is probably the sheer novelty of the wacky snacks people actually want to try. For example, I probably wouldn’t order a beef sundae or a pork parfait at a restaurant, but if it’s served at the state fair, count me in! I truly love over-the-top fair foods!

So as I was reflecting on state fairs from years past, I started thinking about which of my favorite foods would benefit from a “state fair makeover.” I decided to go with baklava—fried, covered in honey syrup, and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

To do this, I filled wonton wrappers with a mixture of cream cheese, walnuts, sugar, honey, and a little cinnamon.

I used rich and creamy Challenge cream cheese because it's the only company I know that uses hormone free milk from local dairies.

Obviously, none of this is authentic, but the filling really encompasses the flavors of baklava.

I fried the baklava wontons in canola oil, and after they finished cooking, I drizzled them with a traditional baklava syrup made of honey, water, sugar, and cinnamon. And of course, a little sprinkle of powdered sugar on top makes everything better.

If you have issues with the wontons puffing up like pillows when you fry them, stick them in the freezer first—it doesn’t have to be for long, maybe a few minutes—and that should solve the issue.

Fried baklava wontons
Ingredients for the wontons
  • 4 ounces Challenge cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3 ounces walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • About 4 cups canola oil for deep frying
Ingredients for the syrup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
Directions for the wontons
  1. Combine walnuts, softened cream cheese, sugar, honey, and cinnamon.
  2. Lay out wonton wrapper and moisten edges with water. 
  3. Place 1 teaspoon filling into center of wonton wrapper,
  4. Bring two opposite corners of wonton wrapper up to meet over filling and pinch seams together in a triangular shape, making sure to squeeze out as much air as possible while doing so.
  5. Preheat 1 inch of oil in frying pan over medium heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Drop wontons into hot oil, turning occasionally for 2-3 minutes or until they’re golden brown and crispy. Make sure to not overcrowd pan.
  7. Drain on paper towels.
Directions for syrup
  1. Combine all syrup ingredients in saucepan and cook on medium heat.
  2. Let syrup come to boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Drizzle syrup on top of wontons, sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired, and serve.

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