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.)

Zucchini Custard Pie

Last night I sat back after dinner and thought, "Dang, that was good. I rock."

Yes. Dinner was that good.

I was inspired by a feta zucchini tart that was in a recent issue of Saveur Magazine. But I didn't have all of the ingredients they listed (nor did I want to go through all the work that the recipe seemed to require) so I made up my own recipe.


phillo dough (i use an organic brand that's at the store, but what i'd really like to find some day is a whole wheat brand.)
butter. lots.
zucchini (i used 2 medium sized zucs but i probably should have used at least one more if not 2 more.)
1 diced onion
1 close garlic
salt and pepper to taste
5 or 6 eggs (or more. if i had added more zucchini i probably would have used more eggs. i think i used 5 eggs this time around.)
2 cups milk or cream (i used whole milk and that worked well.)
fresh basil

Saute onion in a bit of butter. When the onions are almost translucent, toss in the zucchini. I had Naomi use the side of the grater (that makes slices) to cut the zucchini up. I cooked the zuc on low heat with a lid so that it steamed as well. I tossed the garlic in near the end. (I used our new little, itty, bitty garlic grater on the garlic. It worked really well.) Add salt and pepper to taste.

Coat bottom and sides of a brownie pan (I used a glass 13 x 9 pan.) with melted butter. Alternate layers of phillo dough and more butter. (I don't put butter between every single layer. But when I do put it on, I'm fairly liberal. Add as much or as little butter as you want. It's your waist line.) Make this layer as thick as you want. I probably used 10 - 12 layers of dough.

Chop up some feta. (Use as much or as little as you like. I didn't put any on the kids side but when they tried it with feta they liked it so next time the feta goes on the whole thing.)

Spread the feta out on top of the phillo dough. Then spread the zuc/onion/garlic mixture on top of that.

Beat the eggs and milk (and more salt and pepper if you'd like) and pour over the whole deal.

Wash and tear up a bunch of basil leaves (the more the merrier) and sprinkle over the top. I didn't add tomatoes but I think several tomato slices along the top would have been a great addition. (I just didn't have any on hand.)

Cook at 350 degrees F until the center is set. (It shouldn't jiggle or slide around.) A lightly browned top would be nice, though I don't think I let mine cook quite that long. We were too hungry to wait.