Brie Filled Baklava

Today’s recipe is the result of another Jordan “BLOG-WORTHY” freak out! As a lover of baklava, he has to have a piece every time we run across some, and this time was no different. Except this time when he took a bite he was unexpectedly, but very pleasantly surprised to find a nice layer of rich and creamy cheese in the center! Neither of us have ever seen this before but it makes total sense! How could creamy cheese not go well with flaky, crispy crust, sweet honey, and toasty nuts?! I’m not quite sure it was brie that the restaurant was using, but it seemed to make the most sense to me so that’s what we’re using today for our own baklava!

Just a bit of layering, brushing and sprinkling involved in this recipe. So easy and they’re so delicious! So go make them and share them, because everyone deserves a little Brie Filled Baklava in their lives. ;) xx, Jenny

Brie Filled Baklava
Makes 1 (9”x13”) pan

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped pistachios plus more for garnish
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
15 sheets of phyllo dough, thawed and cut in half
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
7 ounces double cream brie, rind removed and softened
1 cup superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
2/3 cup honey

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 9”x13”, rimmed sheet pan with parchment and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine nuts and cinnamon and toss together. Set aside.
3. Brush butter onto parchment and layer 10 sheets of phyllo dough into the pan, brushing butter between each layer.
4. Sprinkle half the nut mixture over the phyllo and repeat step one with 5 more sheets of phyllo.
5. Dot the entire surface with pieces of brie and continue to layer 5 more sheets of phyllo and butter.
6. Sprinkle remaining nut mixture over the phyllo and finish by layering the remaining 10 sheets of phyllo and butter.  Cut 1 inch strips into baklava, in a diagonal pattern each way, creating diamond shaped pieces.

7. Bake for about 1 hour or until golden brown.
8. While the baklava bakes, combine sugar and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
9. Remove baklava from oven and pour sugar mixture over pan. Allow mixture to soak in and sit for about 1 hour. Top with finely chopped pistachios and serve.

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