Got To Be NC
Recipe by: Lisa Prince

This recipe won first place at the 2018 NC State Fair for the NC Peanut Growers Contest, the theme was Peanuts Go International!

Servings: 16
Cook Time: Prep time: 40 minutes; Total time: 1 hour
Meal Type: Dessert
NC Ingredients: Peanuts, honey

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Ingredients

3/4
cup unsalted butter, melted
8
oz. Phyllo dough, thawed as directed on package
Nut Mixture:
1 ½
cup finely chopped peanuts
1/4
cup sugar
1/2
cup mini chocolate chips
1
tsp. cinnamon
Syrup:
1/2
cup sugar
1/4
cup water
1
cinnamon stick
1/3
cup honey
1
tsp. vanilla
2
tbsp. peanut butter
mini peanut butter cups for garnish

Directions

To make the baklava:
  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  2. Grease and line a 9×13 baking dish with Parchment Paper.
  3. Combine the nut mixture and set aside.
  4. Unroll Phyllo dough, cover with wax paper and a damp cloth.
  5. Place a sheet of Phyllo in dish, brush with melted butter, repeat until you have a stack of 5 sheets. Sprinkle 2/3 cup of nut mixture.
  6. Repeat process 2 more times ending with 5 sheets brushed with butter.
  7. Trim edges of phyllo and cut through all layers in a diamond shape.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes until brown.
To make the syrup:
  1. While baklava bakes, prepare the syrup mixture. Place sugar, water and cinnamon stick in a small pan.
  2. Boil 5 minutes, remove from heat, remove cinnamon stick and add honey, vanilla and peanut butter.
  3. Pour syrup over the hot Baklava. Let cool then place mini peanut butter cups on each slice.