Baklava is quite tasty, but the last time I made it I got to thinking, what if I added some chocolate and stout to the mix? I'm sure that chocolate baklava has been made before, but isn't "choklava" the must fun word ever?! I'd like to think that I created the term, but a quick Google search proves otherwise. Many of the other recipes simply dip the baklava in chocolate, but mine offers a boozy chocolate glaze - yum!
Stout Choklava [Vegan]
- 1 c. walnuts
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder, or carob powder
- 1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
- 30 sheets of phyllo dough, cut to size
- 2 T. (heaping) of unsweetened cocoa powder, or carob powder
- 1/4 c. vegan stout, or other dark beer
- 1/2 c. pure maple syrup
- 1/4 c. organic cane sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line the bottom of a pan with parchment paper.
- You can decide which size to make it; I chose 8x8, but some phyllo dough will fit a 9x12 pan. I cut mine to fit my pan. It's important to keep the phyllo dough covered with a damp towel so it doesn't dry out.
- In a food processor, combine the nuts, cinnamon, and cocoa and process them. Set aside.
- Next, take a sheet of dough and lay it on top of the parchment. With a brush, wipe coconut oil across the sheet. Repeat this 9 times.
- Before the next layer, sprinkle about 1/2 of the nut mixture across the dough.
- Add 10 more layers, brushing coconut oil between each one. Sprinkle the second 1/2 of the nut mixture on the layer. Add the last 10 layers.
- Brush coconut oil on top of the final layer of phyllo. With a sharp knife, cut the dough into a grid, slicing the baklava in a diagonal pattern through the grid lines. I was lazy on this batch; I made the pieces much larger!
- Bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
- In the mean time, combine the stout syrup ingredients in a small sauce pan. Bring it to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer until the mixture coats a spoon. This can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
- When the baklava is done, pour the syrup on top. You might need to take your brush and distribute the syrup as evenly as possible. Mine dried very evenly.
- I topped mine with raw cacao nibs - what an amazing combination!
Not sure if your stout is vegan? Check Barnivore.com to find a good one.