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Minja’s Chocolate Baklava

Chocolate Baklava

Whenever I go to a pastry shop I eat tulumbe or baklava. Every single time. The simplest pleasures are the best. This is my first attempt at baklava and to be honest, the best one I’ve ever had. Actually, I was afraid how it will turn out. Knitting needle?! When I saw how Minja does it I thought I could never make it. But, the needle turned out to be a revolutionary utensil and from now own, everything phyllo will be made like this :) This recipe is straightforward and clear, and what’s most important, beginner friendly.

Chocolate Baklava

Minja’s Chocolate Baklava (Burma Tatlisi)
(original recipe)

500 g thin baklava phyllo sheets
125 g ground walnuts
50 g chopped walnuts
100 g milk chocolate
1,5 Tbsp sugar
1,5 Tbsp semolina
grated zest of one lemon
100 ml oil
50 ml sparkling mineral water
60 g margarine

Boil mineral water and oil. Remove from heat and let cool. In a bowl mix ground and chopped walnuts, sugar, semolina, grated chocolate and lemon zest. Take one phyllo sheet, spread oil mixture with a pastry brush over, place a knitting needle 5 cm from the sheet edge and fold. Spread about two tablespoons of filling over the folded part. Roll with the help of a needle, but not to tight.

Take 23×33 cm rectangular pan and “wrinkle” your phyllo roll away from the needle (see Minja’s post for the details). Repeat until you run out of the ingredients. Melt margarine and pour over baklava.

Chocolate Baklava, before the oven

Bake in a preheated oven on 200°C for about 20 minutes.

While your baklava is baking, prepare the syrup of 375 ml water and 500 g sugar using the same method as I did for tulumbe only these quantities will produce a thicker syrup. When baklava is done, pour the syrup over while it’s still hot.

Chocolate Baklava, pouring syrup

Of course, this will taste best if you let it rest in the fridge overnight. But, as usual, we ate everything the same day :)

Note:This is my entry for FBI Rukavice, event created by mamajac of Cooks and Bakes. This month we are investigating Minjina Kuhinjica.

Chocolate Baklava

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28 Comments

  • Y April 14, 2009 6:04 pm

    Wow, that looks wickedly moist!

  • Snooky doodle April 14, 2009 9:02 pm

    oh I love Baklava. I ve never had it with chocolate though. Looks delicious! Fantastic photos too.

  • Elra April 14, 2009 9:06 pm

    WOW Marija, I am speechless, these looks so good, I thought you were joking when you said knitting needle! That is such a great idea. Would love to make this for sure.Cheers,elra

  • Rosa’s Yummy Yums April 14, 2009 10:12 pm

    What gorgeous Baklava! I’m drooling…Cheers,Rosa

  • amritac April 14, 2009 10:27 pm

    Oh, look at that syrup! Looks delish!

  • Marigold April 14, 2009 10:42 pm

    prekrasno ti je ispala, fotke jako lijepe pogotovo ona gdje sipas sirup :)! nikad je nisam radila, mozda bi mogla probat je napravit…:)

  • SweetSensation April 14, 2009 11:13 pm

    ne volim baklavu, ali moram priznati da ova stvarno dobro izgleda :)

  • Katie April 14, 2009 11:39 pm

    They look fantatsic. Better than any shop bought creations.

  • Gaga April 15, 2009 1:05 am

    ja volim baklave-sve moguće :)jednom sam se toliko prejela za neku slavu da sam posle patila tri dana hahasuper ti je ispala!

  • cuisine by monsoon April 15, 2009 1:43 am

    I loooove baklava.:))) and this one looks wicked. i na mom je popisu…:)

  • maslinka April 15, 2009 4:18 am

    predivno si je napravila… fotke su fantasticne…

  • Minja April 15, 2009 5:54 am

    Divno si je napravila. Evo David je upravo video i sad mi traži da je pravim :D

  • Sweet Corner April 15, 2009 6:54 am

    napravila si ju fantasticno, prezentacija vrhunska, a posebno mi se svidja oblik rolica. ja sam radila onako klasicnu, ali ova je puno bolja i efektnija. predivno!

  • nlo April 15, 2009 8:15 am

    mmm.. izgledaju ko male sarmice:))nisam još nigdje vidila ovako zarolane, maher si svaka čast:))

  • Fearless Kitchen April 15, 2009 8:49 am

    This looks great. I’ve always kind of idly wondered if there was a way to make chocolate baklava…

  • Sweet Charity April 15, 2009 9:34 am

    I ate these in Turkey every day!!Thanks for the recipe!

  • Arfi Binsted April 15, 2009 11:53 am

    OMG!! I can’t say anything else than ‘WOW’!!!

  • Gurma April 15, 2009 1:23 pm

    WOOOOW ovo ti je zbilja predobro, ma baš si umjetnik =)i što se tiće recepta i što se tiče slika =)Mislim da definitivno zaslužuješ nagradicu koju si ti dodjeljujem, a možeš ju pokupiti na mom blogu =)Nadam se da će ti se svidjeti =)

  • Marija April 15, 2009 2:57 pm

    To anonymus reader:I understand how you feel, but you must understand that I do not want the speech of hatred on my site. I am very sorry if anyone felt offended by reading any of my posts – as that surely was never my intention.

  • Sam Sotiropoulos April 15, 2009 2:57 pm

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful. I am drooling for some baklava right now. :-)

  • Jude April 15, 2009 6:02 pm

    Looks perfect. I wish my first try at Baklava looked anywhere near close to yours.

  • Dragon April 15, 2009 8:57 pm

    I think I could eat the whole pan. Yum!

  • Andrea April 16, 2009 2:07 am

    Nisam ljubitelj baklave, ali ove tvoje izgledaju božanstveno, ne mogu vjerovat da si ih sada radila prvi put, stvarno si maherica. :)

  • Heaven on Earth April 16, 2009 5:37 am

    Once again beautiful photos.THe baklava looks irresistable.And once again beautiful table linen.

  • gine April 16, 2009 5:54 am

    Mmmmmm … that looks so tempting :-)!

  • Kevin April 16, 2009 7:02 pm

    That baklava looks so good! I really like the sound of the chocolate in it. I am going to have to try that shape the next time I make baklava.

  • Marianna April 20, 2009 5:17 am

    These look SINFUL!! But who cares!! hehe :-) Lovely work + photos!!

  • Diana April 28, 2009 11:52 am

    I adore baklava, and have never seen them in that shape before. I haven’t tried making my own yet, maybe I’ll start with that recipe. Thanks!

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