Chocolate Hazelnut Baklava

Author: Canadian Living

This twist on the honey-nut pastry version has the added appeal of milk chocolate in the filling. An offset spatula makes removal from the pan flawless.

  • Portion size 30 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: January 2005

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 oz milk chocolate chopped
  • 2/3 cups butter melted
  • 12 sheets phyllo pastry
Syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup liquid honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method

On large rimmed baking sheet, toast hazelnuts in 350°F (180°C) oven until fragrant and skins are loose, about 10 minutes. Transfer to tea towel and rub vigorously to remove most of the skins; let cool.

In food processor, chop together hazelnuts, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg until in coarse crumbs; transfer to bowl. Stir in chocolate; set aside.

Generously brush 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) metal cake pan with some of the butter; set aside. Lay phyllo sheets on work surface with short end facing you. Cut stack in half crosswise; stack halves together and cover with damp towel to prevent drying out.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo on work surface; brush lightly with some of the butter. Top with second sheet of phyllo; brush with butter. Repeat layers with 4 more sheets.

Place buttered phyllo stack in prepared pan; sprinkle with 1 cup (250 mL) of the hazelnut mixture. Stack 4 sheets, brushing each with butter; place on hazelnut mixture in pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup (250 mL) of the hazelnut mixture. Repeat layers twice using 8 sheets buttered phyllo and remaining 2 cups (500 mL) of the hazelnut mixture. Stack remaining 6 sheets, brushing each with butter. Place on top; press gently to compact slightly.

Using tip of sharp knife and without cutting all the way through to filling, score top into squares or diamonds. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until golden brown, crisp and flaky, 40 to 45 minutes.

Syrup: Meanwhile, in small sauce-pan, whisk together sugar, honey, 1/3 cup (75 mL) water and lemon juice. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; boil, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour over hot baklava. Let cool on rack. Cut along scored lines into servings. (Make-ahead: Cover and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per piece:</b> about

  • Sodium 94 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 207.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Cholesterol 14 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 22 g

%RDI

  • Iron 6.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 7.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 4.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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