Chocolate Baklava.

First up these are NOT, I repeat NOT Slimming World Friendly, I have made a few cut backs (it should really have been brushed with butter but I have stuck to my good old frylight to keep the syns as low as I could!)...So unless you plan on having a whole syn free day and then blow your whole daily allowance on 1 piece...which is what I plan to do, because every now and again you just need a treat!

What you will need:

For the syrup:

1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Honey
Juice from half a lemon
Vanilla Pod (or I used my trusty Dr. Oetker Vanilla Grinder)

For the Baklava:

Frylight (or butter if you 1 nob of melted butter)
Filo Pastry (we used 6 large sheets sheets cut in half  and trimmed to size)
250g Dark Chocolate, chopped small (or used choc chips)
150g Chopped mixed nuts
1tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
Preheat oven Gas 7.

Put all the syrup ingredients in a pan, bring to the boil and simmer for around 20 minutes.

Whilst your syrup is simmering away you can make a start on the Baklava (but remember to keep giving the syrup a stir!).

Combine the chocolate, nuts and cinnamon and mix well.

Once you have trimmed your pastry to size, you should have 12 sheets  (you can use a few more, i was just using what we had left!).
Spray your dish with the frylight (or brush with butter) and add 4 sheets of pastry 1 layer at a time, spraying each layer as you go, top the 4 sheets of pastry with 1/2 the nut and chocolate mix, layer with another 4 sheets of pastry (again spraying/brushing as you go along) top that with the rest of the mixture and then finally layer with the remaining 4 pastry sheets (remembering to spray/brush as you go) precut into 12 squares and 
pop in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Once you take out of the oven pour the cooled syrup STRAIGHT onto the Baklava and leave for a good few hours...preferably overnight, we couldnt wait this long and ended up cutting it up after 8/9 hours!!

It was super sticky and 1 of the poor squares got a little squished (can you spot it!) as I was cutting it out!

This is a super sticky and superbly sweet dish so a sweet tooth is needed! 




Enjoy!!



How I worked out the syns:

pastry: 24
sugar: 48
honey:  40
choc: 17
nuts: 48
Total syns: 177

portions: 12

syns (rounded up) per portion: 15

4 comments:

  1. oh wow - this looks so yummy #tastytuesday

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  2. Holy mozers sounds to die for, but sadly most of these ingredients are off limits for me #tastytuesdays

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  3. Wow now that sounds so yummy! A must try - pinned for later #tastytuesdays

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  4. Top marks for a Greek dessert, well done you! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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