These Spring holidays, my daughters and I made this delightful recipe for Chocolate Baklava Cigars. We are a family of chocoholics so we try our best to sneak in chocolate in as many desserts as possible.
This turned out to be a super fast and yummy chocolate recipe venture. With three pairs of hands layering and rolling the pastry sheets, it barely took us 5 minutes to assemble 10 cigars. We preferred to bake them to cut down on calories so that we could enjoy them guilt free. With just honey and no white sugar, these are not over sweet but still taste divine.
A perfect recipe for cooking with kids as well as last minute dessert solution.
For Chocolate Baklava Cigars :
30 Phyllo Pastry Squares, 6×6 inches
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup honey
3/4 cup cocoa powder
Juice from one lemon
1/2 teaspoon rose water
Nuts of your choice, roughly crushed
This Is What You Do :
Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.
Mix honey, rose water and lemon juice.
Spread a pastry square on a flat plate. Brush with butter all over.
Spread a little honey syrup over it.
Sprinkle cocoa powder.
Layer another sheet over it and repeat the process.
Layer a third sheet over it and repeat the process.
Sprinkle nuts over the last layer.
Start rolling the cigar from one end to the other as tightly as possible.
Brush all over lightly with butter.
Place on a greased oven proof tray, seam side down.
Repeat with all the pastry squares.
Bake for 10 minutes, turn over the cigars and bake another 10 minutes on other side or till golden brown.
Let them cool down, they get crispier as they get cool.
Serve with chocolate syrup, honey or golden syrup.
Makes 10 Chocolate Baklava Cigars.
You can use the same method to make chocolate baklava. Instead of rolling into cigars. Six layers of pastry, brushed after every layer with butter and after every six layers with honey, cocoa and nuts, repeated thrice. Cut into diamond shapes before baking.