Chocolate Baklava #SundaySupper

Chocolate Baklava #SundaySupper

This decadent pastry is made of layers of phyllo dough, toasted walnuts and hazelnuts, and creamy chocolate, and is sweetened with a delicious cinnamon honey syrup. The perfect dessert for any special occasion! 
Chocolate Baklava | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
Have you seen the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding?" I probably didn't watch it until it was about 10 years old {don't ask me why!}, but once I saw it I instantly fell in love. It's sweet. And funny. And definitely romantic. Did I mention funny? I love the family dynamic and how the characters interact. 

This weekend just happens to be the premier of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2," and my Sunday Supper friends and I are celebrating by sharing big fat Greek recipes! How fun is that?! I'm super excited to be sharing one of my most favorite Greek recipes with you...BAKLAVA! And not just any baklava, CHOCOLATE baklava! 
Chocolate Baklava | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
Baklava is a sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with syrup or honey. My version is made with both walnuts and hazelnuts, layers of creamy chocolate spread, and is sweetened with a cinnamon honey syrup. It's delicious and decadent but not overly sweet. There's the perfect amount of crispiness to the phyllo and crunchiness from the nuts. If you ask me, it's amazing.
Chocolate Baklava | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
Although the baklava takes a little time to put together, I promise it's not hard. It's very easy to make, just a bit time consuming. Trust me on this one, you can do it!

Be sure to scroll down after the recipe and check out all of the amazing Greek recipes my #SundaySupper friends have made for you!

For now, let's make some baklava. Opa! 

Chocolate Baklava
Author: Sarah Bates | The Chef Next Door
Serves 15
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1 cup chocolate spread {such as Hershey's Chocolate Spread}
1 1/3 cups chopped toasted walnuts
2/3 cups chopped toasted hazelnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
20 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Add the chocolate spread to a small bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, or until melted. Combine the walnuts, hazelnuts, salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. 

Lightly coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Working with 1 sheet of phyllo at a time, place a sheet lengthwise in the bottom of the prepared pan, then lightly brush with butter. Repeat procedure with 4 more phyllo sheets and butter. Drizzle about 1/3 cup of the melted chocolate spread over the phyllo, then sprinkle evenly with about 1/2 cup of the nut mixture. Repeat this procedure twice with phyllo, butter, chocolate spread, and nut mixture. Top the last layer of nut mixture with the remaining 5 sheets of phyllo, each buttered, and press gently into the pan.

Using a sharp knife, make 3 horizontal cuts and 5 vertical cuts to form 15 squares. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the phyllo is golden brown on top.

While the baklava is cooking, make the syrup. Combine the honey, water, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until the honey dissolves. Increase the heat to medium and  cook, without stirring, until a thermometer registers 230 degrees (should take about 10 minutes). Remove from the heat and cover. 

Remove the baklava from the oven and immediately pour the honey mixture over the top. Allow it to cool completely before serving. Leftovers can be kept covered at room temperature.

Bon App├ętit!
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