Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Baklava

I have never used phyllo dough before in my life. To be honest, it has always kind of scared me in a way that had me shying away while secretly wishing to play with it. I’ve heard all the phyllo dough horror stories and didn’t want to be one of those sad, sad victims of dessert nightmares. It kept nagging at me though and when I saw the pretty little box of it at Trader Joe’s I threw it in the cart.

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I toyed with the idea of doing something savory with the phyllo, but ultimately decided on a baklava-ish dessert using bananas and chocolate hazelnut butter. I read up on the basics of how to make baklava and then in true Kylie fashion just made up and guessed about how I could do it my way.

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I had to hunt down some Honee (bee free honey made from apples!), but once I had it I was all set to embark on this adventure. I waited until I had the house to myself, because I wanted complete and total focus while preparing this. Plus, if I ended up in a sobbing pile of tears on the floor I didn’t want any witnesses. That would be embarrassing and stuff.

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Honestly, once I got over my anxiety the whole process was quite easy and over with pretty quickly. I felt good. I felt accomplished. I felt like the next time I attempted something similar I wouldn’t have to do it alone. The chocolate banana combo was totes amaze (duh) and the hazelnuts gave this sweet buttery dish some nice crunch. WINNING!

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Have you ever had a food or ingredient you were afraid of trying but it turned out fantastic when you did?


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