We are working on baklava, or at least a dessert inspired by baklava. For those who don't know, baklava is a layered dessert consisting mainly of filo, honey, nuts and spices. Depending on where the baklava is made the nuts could be walnuts, pistachios and even sesame seeds. It can be flavored with rose or orange flower water and is usually quite sweet, sticky and aromatic. We decided to focus on pistachios because they are one of our favorite nuts. We loved the idea of layering finely chopped nuts and honey between the layers of thin dough but knew that there had to be a way to add flavor and possibly texture to the original. Our solution was to make a honey based pistachio toffee, grind it and sprinkle it between the layers. It added sweetness, butter and nuts all in one fell swoop with the caramelized flavor that came from cooking the sugar to add extra oomph. Frankly if you're not all that into baklava, the toffee is exceptionally delicious all by itself.