Chocolate Baklava


Baklava de chocolate

Chocolate baklava

Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and Central Asia.

I find that chocolate and baklava were meant to be, since the bitter chocolate makes a sublime combination with this sweet pastry. Serve with a vanilla icecream scoop, and get ready to hear an ovation at home!

Baklava de chocolate

Chocolate baklava

Baklava de chocolate

Chocolate baklava


Baklava de chocolate

Chocolate Baklava

Baklava de chocolate

How many times I’ve told you? It is Chocolate Baklava!!!


{Chocolate baklava}

Preparation time: 20 min

Cooking time: 45 min

Serves: 12

Ingredients

Honey vanilla syrup:

  • 250 ml water (1 cup)
  • 200 g sugar (1 cup)
  • 50 honey (4/5 cup)
  • juice of half a lemon (optional)
  • 1 vanilla pod (optional)

Baklava:

  • 100 -150 g melted butter, cold (1 stick aprox)
  • 1 package filo pastry (20 sheets the size of your pan)
  • 250 g dark chocolate chips (9 ounces)
  • 250 g chopped nuts of your choice: pistachio, hazelnuts, walnuts, … (9 ounces)
  • 1 tbs powdered cinnamon

Directions

  1. Combine the syrup ingredients in a medium saucepan and
    bring to boil. Let the syrup simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes. Discard vanilla pod and allow the syrup to cool before use (can be stored in the fridge).
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine finely chopped nuts, cinnamon, and chocolate chips
  3. Unroll package of filo dough; cut filo sheets into the size of your pan. Discard scraps. Cover with a damp towel to prevent filo sheets from drying out.
  4. Butter the baking pan, and then, working with one filo sheet at a time, butter and stack 8 sheets of phyllo.
  5. Spread half of nut mixture evenly over layered phyllo sheets
  6. Brush next filo sheet on both sides with butter, then place on top of nuts. Add 3 more filo sheets, brushing each one with butter, and then top with the remaining nut and chocolate mixture
  7. Brush next filo sheet on both sides with butter, then place on top of nuts. Add 7 more filo sheets, brushing each one with butter
  8. Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 12 squares. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes, first 20 minutes uncovered, the cover with aluminium foil, to prevent it from browning too much
  9. Immediately pour the cold syrup over the hot baklava and let stand until completely cool, preferably overnight.

NOTES:

  • This recipe is usually prepared with clarified butter which is very easy to prepare at home, as you can check in this recipe by David Lebovitz. The recipe was inspired by this one made by Rick Spoon
  • Instead of vanilla, you might use cinnamon, cardamom,… for your syrup
  • Ideally, serve the baklava warm with a scoop of vanilla ice
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Autora : Sandeea Cocina


11 Comments a “Chocolate Baklava”

  1. 12 September 2012, 10:17 am - Migle

    Oh, I really have to try this one! It’s already meant to be my favorite!
    Your pictures are more than gorgeous!!!!

  2. 12 September 2012, 7:11 pm - Nicole Welsh

    250 grams equals about 9 ounces not 9 lbs.

  3. 13 September 2012, 11:33 pm - Rust

    Oh my gosh!

  4. 14 September 2012, 3:35 pm - Javelin Warrior

    It’s been SOOOO long since I’ve had true baklava and now I’m craving a whole pan of it! Those layers…that sticky sweetness…wow. I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution as always). Thanks for always inspiring me with your creations…

  5. 27 September 2012, 11:39 pm - Ann

    Oh my goodness! I know just the person who will swoon over this as a Christmas gift! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  6. 29 September 2012, 11:35 am - SandeeA

    corrected, sorry for the mistake! :)

  7. 29 September 2012, 11:36 am - SandeeA

    Thank you for your kind comments! :) Wish you a nice weekend!

  8. 17 January 2013, 12:53 am - Ali

    Do you know the nutrition facts for this? How many calories are in it?

  9. 18 January 2013, 10:27 pm - silvia

    it taste so delicious this chocolate baklava!!! and wonderful photos!!

  10. 9 February 2014, 5:27 pm - Rose

    Hi

    I forgot to cover the pastry with foil after 20 minutes< is this why my chocolate burned? Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  11. 26 April 2015, 4:07 am - Adele

    This looks delicious!
    Can you please tell me what pan you used and the measurements?

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