Walnut Cigars and a "Measure-less Monday"
A Platter of Figs reads like one of my favorite novels. Tanis’ recipes are specific when need-be, but explained in that “little bit of this, little bit of that” way that allows you to trust your instincts.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle-Eastern Inspired
Serves: 7-8 cigars
  • 2 cups shelled walnuts, toasted if desired
  • Sugar
  • Melted butter (about 2 sticks), use vegan butter to make dairy-free
  • Orange flower water
  • Almond extract
  • cinnamon
  • Phyllo dough from a package, thawed**
  • Honey
  • Shelled pistachios, chopped (I used salted pistachios and was pleasantly surprised)
  1. Make the Filling: Chop the walnuts. Add sugar to taste, and 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle with orange flower water (start with a small amount, taste, and adjust), a few drops of almond extract, and some cinnamon. Add a splash of cold water (a few tablespoons) and stir.
  2. Roll the Cigars: For each cigar, brush a sheet of phyllo dough with melted butter. Fold the sheet in half lengthwise, then brush with butter again. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons walnuts (or more) in a strip along the short end of the phyllo. Roll the phyllo around the walnuts (like an eggroll, see photos above). Place on a buttered baking sheet, side by side but not touching. Brush with more melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  3. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
Recipe by Spoon With Me at https://spoonwithme.com/walnut-cigars-and-a-measure-less-monday/