Baklava: Chocolate Baklava

posted by SandyOH 09-17-102 1:52 PM

Chocolate Baklava

20 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
1-1/4 cups melted butter
1 pound finely chopped walnuts
1 package miniature chocolate chips (12-oz.)
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Butter a 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Layer 8 sheets of phyllo dough in pan, brushing each with melted butter.

In a bowl, combine walnuts, mini chocolate chips, sugar, ground cinnamon and lemon peel. Sprinkle 2 cups over phyllo dough in pan. Layer and brush 4 more sheets of phyllo with melted butter. Top with 2 more cups of the nut mixture. Layer and brush 4 more sheets of phyllo dough with butter; top with remaining nut mixture. Top with the remaining 4 sheets of phyllo, brushing each with butter. Drizzle any remaining butter over top.

Using a sharp knife, cut baklava into 1-1/2-inch diamonds. Bake at 325 for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.

Meanwhile, combine orange juice, sugar, water, honey and lemon juice in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour over warm baklava. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Yield: 50 pieces

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