Thingamajig Tuesdays: Strawberry Napoleon Baklava {Inspired by ABC’s #TheChew}


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Macerated strawberries and pastry cream nestled between layers of flaky phyllo dough sheets and drizzled with sweet honey.

Strawberry Napoleon Baklava | www.diethood.com | #baklava #recipe #thechew

If there ever was a time where my grandma would question my take on a classic, this would probably be it. My comeback would simply be, don’t knock it until you try it.

Because there’s no shame in my game, I have no problem telling you that if it wasn’t for Carla from ABC’s The Chew, this Strawberry Napoleon Baklava would not have happened. One of my absolute favorite cooking shows!

Every day I put my kids down for a nap right before my show starts. 11:55 a.m. they are sound asleep. 11:59 – it’s me, my sixth cup of coffee, and The Chew.

I enjoy the show because it inspires people to try something new – to want to make their own food and not be afraid of the kitchen. The Chew serves up everything food, helping you make life fuller, more flavorful, and fun.

It also helps that they are entertaining, hilarious, and down to earth. Not food snobbish at all! Oh…and the awesome recipes that they share. That is a huge PLUS! Did you happen to see the one where Carla made Strawberry Napoleon? She’s SO sweet!

As I was watching Carla and her co-hosts demonstrate the recipe, I was quickly inspired to give it my own spin and make this Baklava. It turned out to be one of the best desserts I have ever tasted! The only complaint I had about this dessert was that I didn’t make enough.

Everyone, particularly my husband and my dad, loved it. My dad said that he would have never, ever even thought about putting strawberries in Baklava, and that this was one of my best recipes. Ever.

And that’s why I like the show. It’s inspiring. The chefs give you ideas to play with, and they are also encouraging – I admire that.

All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. They are dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings. Just check out the episode below!

Ever thought about eating your meal courses backwards? Like, dessert first?! In public!?! After watching this episode, I definitely want to try it. Also, I am looking forward to whipping up this Turtle Pie that Carla and Amy Grant made together. It looks fabulous! And NO BAKING required! Perfect dessert for these dog days of summer.

Tune into ABC’s The Chew for a fun, midday break with fantastic hosts, entertaining guests, and delicious, inspirational food.

Strawberry Napoleon Baklava | www.diethood.com | #baklava #recipe #thechew

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Thingamajig Tuesdays: Strawberry Napoleon Baklava {Inspired by ABC’s The Chew}
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Macerated strawberries and pastry cream nestled between layers of flaky phyllo dough sheets and drizzled with sweet honey.
Ingredients
For the Strawberries
  • 1 cup strawberries , sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
For the Pastry Cream
  • (You can also use Vanilla Instant Pudding)
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons butter , room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 6 Phyllo Sheets
  • Honey
Instructions
  1. Combine sliced strawberries and sugar in a bowl; let stand for 20 minutes.
In the meantime, prepare the Pastry Cream
  1. (Skip this part if using Instant Pudding and follow the directions on the Instant Pudding Box)
  2. In a saucepan combine yolks, sugar, and cornstarch; whisk until well incorporated.
  3. Heat milk to a boil.
  4. Slowly pour 1/4 cup of milk into egg mixture and whisk until blended.
  5. Slowly pour the rest of the milk while whisking.
  6. Put the pan over medium-high heat and continue to whisk.
  7. Bring to a boil and whisk for another minute or two, or until the mixture comes together.
  8. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla.
  9. Let stand 5 minutes.
  10. Whisk in the butter, and continue to whisk until blended and mixture is smooth.
  11. Completely cool the filling by placing the pan in a large bowl filled with cold water and ice. This will take about 15 to 20 minutes.
Prepare Phyllo Sheets
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Stack Phyllo sheets on prepared baking sheet, one on top of the other, brushing each sheet with the melted butter before adding the next.
  4. Cut stacked Phyllo Sheets right down the middle, vertically.
  5. Now cut 8 squares.
  6. Make a diagonal slit across each square so you get two triangles from each square.
  7. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven.
Assemble
  1. Top 8 of the triangles with prepared pastry cream.
  2. Evenly divide strawberry mixture and layer on top of pastry cream.
  3. Top with remaining phyllo triangles.
  4. Drizzle with honey.
  5. Serve.

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I’m always looking for new ways to spice up my Summer dishes, and ABC’s The Chew serves up everything from grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics. Watch weekdays 1e|12p|c on ABC to see what celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz are dishing out to inspire you this Summer.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ABC’s The Chew. The opinions and text are all mine.

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7 Responses
  1. I’ve been meaning to make something with the phyllo package in my freezer for some time now … always intending to do baklava but now I’m waffling about it. I love the fruit and pastry cream combination.

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