August 6, 2006

Fruit Pastry

This is a great dish to make at the same time as the Zucchini Custard Pie since it'll help use up leftover phillo dough.

It's also pretty darn tasty.

phillo dough
fruit (frozen or fresh)
sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, whatever)

Butter the bottom and sides of the pan. (I used a "smaller than brownie pan" sized pan. I don't really know it's dimensions. But it fits neatly inside my 13 x 9 pan, if that helps.)

Layer phillo dough in the bottom of the pan, occasionally spreading melted butter over the layers. Build about 10 or so layers high. ... maybe more if you feel inspired.

Throw a bunch of fruit on top of the layers. I used frozen raspberries in the pastry shown here. (Frozen?!! In the middle of summer? Yup, and let me tell you why. The last 3 or 4 batches of raspberries that I've picked up at the store have had bad guys at the bottom that flavored the rest of the berries with that yucky, moldy berry flavor. I was sick of it and I didn't want to have to go picking through the berries. So there.)

Slather a bunch of honey (or whatever) on top of the berries. I probably used a cup or so of honey.

Cover the berries with several more layers of dough and butter.

Cook until the top starts to brown slightly.

(Dang! I just noticed that the hot pad underneath the pastry is showing. It makes it a little harder to tell where the pastry starts and the hot pad stops. Oh well.)


  1. Yes the fresh fruit and vegies you get in the supermarkets these days are terrible. Is there not a fresh fruit market where you live or a strawberry farm nearby. We have a lovely strawberry farm just outside of Portland (I havent been there hehe) where you go and pick your own strawberries.

  2. My blood sugar is rising just looking at this... hahahahaha

  3. mmm...sounds like a fruity baklava! yummy!! :)

  4. that's pretty much what it was. when i ate just the bottom and didn't get any raspberries in it, it tasted just like baklava. :-)

    we have local markets, barbs, but they're harder for me to get to. they're only open half a day on specific days and i had girl scout training this week on market day. *sigh*

    we have raspberries in our back yard, but we generally eat them all before we get back to the house.

  5. one of my favorite things to do as a kid was to go blueberry picking...we came home just covered, our mouths stained, we probably ate more than we put in any basket! they were sooooo good!

    hmmm...i have to look into where i can take the girls to a pick your own...should be time soon!

  6. fruit (frozen or fresh)
    sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, whatever

    now thats more like it. a much better use of the phillo. :o)

  7. Mmmmm ... now that you mentioned Baklava.. I MUST make this! I have a really dumb question though... I have never baked with phillo dough.. What part of the market is it usually in and is is frozen or fresh??

  8. phillo is usually frozen and it should be wherever the frozen pie crusts are.

  9. But, don't limit your options to sweets. I use phyllo for spanakopita. Though I wish I had the ability to make my own phyllo...just once. :)

  10. yup. today i decided to use up the leftover phillo along with some buffalo and beans rob had made yesterday.

    i lined the bottom of a cupcake tray with the layered phillo, piled the buffalo and beans inside of that, and covered each one with some cheddar cheese.

    i can't tell you how it was (since i don't general eat farm animals) but i got rave reviews from rob and the kids.

  11. ooooo... That sounds outstanding!!

  12. isn't it enough that we're beautiful?......*throws hands up*

  13. *sigh* but that's not always a good thing.

    he's getting a bit better at this, but he used to start off with onions and garlic and leave the skins and peels all over the counter. then he would fry those in olive oil, dripping olive oil onto the stove and leaving the bottle somewhere on the counter without the top on (leaving me to search for it later).

    although i appreciate when he cooks something, cleaning up after him takes a little more work than cleaning up after your average cook. :-}

  14. Sounds like a typical husband to me. They believe it's our job to clean up after them. I wish I had someone here to clean up after I cook something. I make a terrible mess and the amount of pots and pans etc is just rediculous. You would think that with over 30 years of cooking under my belt I would learn how to not make such a mess hehe...

  15. :)

    Sounds like I have a lot to be thankful for, after all. My husband often cleans up the dishes.


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