Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Apples in Phyllo

This is one of the tastiest desserts-- and not to mention looks pretty impressive for the little work you actually have to do. Phyllo dough is a bit finicky and sometimes likes to stick together. A bit of patience, as well as making sure the dough is kept covered with a slightly moist tea towel is important so it doesn't dry out and break. You can fill it with anything, but my favorite has to be apples. When I was in France, a good majority of the classic french pastries were baked with apples. So good.

Make sure you defrost the dough in the fridge overnight, or on the counter for a few hours before using it. You will use about half of the package for this recipe. You can use the full length or the dough for one large roll, or cut the phyllo in half to make 2 smaller rolls. Make sure to put the unused dough back in the fridge.

You will need:

4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced

1/4 C white sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice
dash of salt
Combine the sugars and the salt and mix together with the apples. Set aside.

Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

For the phyllo sheets you will need:

1/4 C melted butter (you could use cooking spray as a low fat substitution instead of butter. I wouldn't want to, but it does work)
1/3 C bread crumbs (I prefer Panko, but regular works fine). The bread crumbs will absorb some of the moisture from the apples so the dough does not become soggy.

Lay down the first sheet of phyllo (keep the rest covered). Brush with a bit of butter (or spray with cooking spray) and then sprinkle with a bit of the bread crumbs. Place another sheet of phyllo on top and repeat the same process to use
a total of 10 sheets. If the sheets rip a bit when you are assembling the layers, it will still work out fine.

After you have all of your layers completed, spoon the apples onto the bottom long side of the dough, leaving a 2 inch border. (I like to use a slotted spoon so I don't get too much of the sugar juices that will make the dough soggy.) Carefully lift the bottom of the dough and roll over once to cover the filling and fold in the side edges. Continue to roll away from you, keeping the roll moderately tight, sealing the filling in and ending with the seam on the bottom. (sorry, I forgot to take a picture at this point)
Cut a few slits on the top, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a bit of sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden. Let cool before cutting and sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream if you like. Enjoy!



  1. I just happen to have both ingredients in my home so guess what's on the menu tonight, lol? Welcome to the blogging world!