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Fillo pastry: the recipe and how to use it for delicious desserts (and more)

Phyllo dough

Excellent as an alternative to puff pastry for savory and sweet preparations: let’s find out how to prepare phyllo dough and how to use it as a base for a simple but delicious dessert!

Known to most because it is the type of pasta that is used to prepare Chinese spring rolls, this particular pasta can be used in many other preparations. For those looking for recipes with filo pastry, these are some savory and sweet combinations : salad and melon, eggplant Greek yogurt and ricotta, cheese and onion cream, goat cheese and figs, chocolate and mascarpone mousse and berries.

Fillo dough: where is it? Very popular, in recent years it is present in all large supermarkets. But there is more taste to do it with your own hands! Here’s how to make homemade phyllo dough.

Phyllo dough
Phyllo dough

Preparation of homemade phyllo dough

  1. To prepare the phyllo dough, start kneading all the ingredients with the help of a planetary mixer or a food processor until you get an elastic dough .
  2. Divide the mixture into many balls of the same weight, then wet them on the surface.
  3. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 40 minutes.
  4. Then roll out with the help of the pasta machine (as thin as possible) and transfer to a floured surface.
  5. Brush with oil and place four sheets of pasta on top of each other.
  6. The pasta is ready to be used or frozen .

As you have seen, the preparation is simple, it only takes a lot of manual skill to be able to spread the sheets as thin as possible and overlap them without damaging them. Once you have made this preparation you can really indulge yourself, there are many sweet and savory recipes that involve its use, such as the famous spring rolls . But let’s see together an example of sweet preparation with this pasta.

Recipe of the phyllo dough baskets

Baskets of phyllo dough with cream and fruits
Baskets of phyllo dough with cream and fruits

If you want to surprise your friends with something spectacular and, in reality, very, very easy, this proposal is right for you. If you have tried to prepare the phyllo dough with the right ingredients at home, but this time you don’t have time, no problem: use a roll from the supermarket. Are you ready? Let’s go cook.

Ingredients of the sweet phyllo dough baskets (for 4 people)

  • 1 roll of phyllo dough
  • 30 gr of butter
  • mascarpone cream to taste
  • berries to taste
  • mint leaves to taste
  • powdered sugar to taste

To prepare sweet baskets with phyllo dough, start by unrolling the phyllo dough, divide it into squares and then melt the butter. Line with the dough from muffin cups or a small pan with one sheet of dough at a time and brush them with melted butter between the various layers. Add the mascarpone cream and some berries and bake in a preheated oven at 200 ° C for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool, then decorate with berries, mint and icing sugar.

Also try a great classic, baklava !


You can keep the homemade phyllo dough wrapped in parchment paper and in the refrigerator for about 1 week . If you want you can also freeze it in the freezer so that it will keep for a couple of months, just remember to defrost it in the refrigerator.


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