Monday, April 28, 2008

What to do with Phylo

I really had no idea what to do with my extra phylo dough after making the tomato phylo tart.
I mean, what else do you do with it? So when I got home from school I told my mom that I would make something for dessert. I had nothing planned, just hoping for some inspiration. Wile going through everything in the fridge, I spotted the phylo again, and this time It occurred to me that I could do some sort of fruit pastry! Why didn't I think of this before? So I basically just threw it together without any directions. It turned out really yummy, just like mini apple pies! The phylo made it really interesting because it was so incredibly flaky.
But, wow was some grueling work. It took literally forever! Because the phylo is incredibly thin, you have to take each tiny triangular sheet and individually brush it with melted butter and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. 150 some odd sheets later you could pop them in the oven.

Would you think I'm crazy if I told you that making a traditional apple pie would have been less time consuming? Well in the end it was worth it, and ended up being a great way to use the extra Phylo!

Apple Phylo triangles

(All of these directions are approximate)

  • a couple of tablespoons of butter melted (or as much as you need for brushing
  • A couple of tablespoons of sugar plus cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
  • Phylo dough cut into squares
  • Apples cut into slices

Cut your apples into slices them take about a tablespoon of sugar and toss the apples in it. Take the triangles of phylo and lightly brush them with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Lay them on top of each other. I stacked about 12 sheets and then piled a couple pieces of apple on it, then covered it with 5 more sheets of phylo that had been lightly brushed with butter and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

20 comments:

noble pig said...

So cute. I understand about the phyllo, there is so much in the box you have to do something with it.

What a great idea.

Elle said...

Those look amazing! good thinking!

Jill B said...

Figuring out what to do with leftover ingredients is how I find half my recipes, including Chocolate Mascarpone Phyllo Square (which, incidentally, uses both leftover phyllo from phyllo nests - filled with chocolate mousse, and leftover mascarpone, from Tiramisu) check it out for next time. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Mascarpone-Phyllo-Triangles/Detail.aspx

lemmonex said...

Such a great idea...I have some phyllo kicking around in my freezer and just yesterday I was wondering what the heck I was going to do with it.

liz said...

I envy your patience -- these look great!

Kitt said...

Yummy! Patience has its rewards.

Peter M said...

Very creative Jessy, modern yet rustic...these sounds great...feed me!

badhuman said...

I like making empanadas with phylo. The crust is nice and flaky in contrast to the simpler filling.

Nick said...

Yum, these sound just like the apple turnovers I remember so much as a kid. Of course, we bought the frozen ones or ones from a bakery and baked them in the oven until they were warm. I think these are the most relaxing and soothing dessert...real comfort food.

- The Peanut Butter Boy

daphne said...

yes, i tend to tear the phyllo too! Yours looks great!

Bellini Valli said...

Great save Jessy with the filo. You can also just sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar as well between buttered layers. Yummy too:D

pinknest said...

phyllo is always so pretty to me! and apple filling is one of my favorites.

Kevin said...

Those look really good! The phyllo came out nice an light and flaky. I bet they were worth the effort.

chou said...

We have a favorite pastry in France (chausson) that's almost exactly this. So good!

Gigi said...

What a great and tasty way to use up leftover phylo!

RecipeGirl said...

Nice job throwing it all together to make something wonderful! I'm not very good at that.

Glad it was good after all that effort :)

Mochachocolata Rita said...

not a big fan of apple but i bet banana will be perfect for this too eh?

hehe jess...you're invited to my chinese take-out party, check out the details in my blogpost:
http://mochachocolatarita.blogspot.com/2008/05/celebrating-my-88th-post-chinese-take.html

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

I love apple turnovers, and made with phylo? Yum! Although, I haven't worked with phylo before because of how much time and patience it takes! One of these days I've just gotta do it.

Psychgrad said...

I made some phyllo triangles yesterday. A bit time consuming but kinda neat. These look really good and I still have some phyllo left over...the wheels are turning.

Dani said...

Great idea, they sound delicious. Can I make a suggestion?
It is less fiddly to keep the sheets whole, brush and stack them, place the apple on in the right spots, keep layering and then cut the triangles at the end. I hope that makes sense. So you only brush each large sheet rather than a gazillion little triangles