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Phyllo Dough


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Phyllo (stretched) dough is a paper thin flour dough, used to make different pastries, such as “börek”, “štruklji”, Strudel, and many others. You can buy a pre-made phyllo dough in your local grocery store, or you can make your own at home. It’s really easy to make and it takes no special skills to make it.  Here’s the recipe, Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 + 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbs oil
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 egg

Method:

Sift flour and salt into a large bowl.  Mix all the wet ingredients (water, egg, oil and vinegar) in another bowl. Gradually add the wet mixture into the flour and salt mixture, stirring to make a stiff dough. Turn it onto a slightly floured counter. Knead using your hands for about 5 minutes. If the dough gets too sticky, spread a little oil on your hands. Continue, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Now form a ball, coat it with a little oil and place it in a bowl. Cover with a clean cloth and allow it to rest in the fridge for about an hour. After it rests, divide it in 3 equal parts, place them on a floured surface, cover with a cloth and let rest for another 15 minutes.

Cover the table with a cloth and sprinkle with flour. Carefully transfer one part of the dough onto it.  Put your hands under the dough and gently stretch the dough with the back of your hands into a rectangle. The dough must be and very thin, almost as a paper. If some holes are made, during the stretching, fill them with some dough, you can cut off the thicker edges.

Now your dough is ready to moist, and be spread with your favorite filling.

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1 Comment

  1. You just demonstrated how to make something seemingly impossible look easy and doable. I would have never thought to attempt making homemade phyllo dough, but you’ve inspired me to give it a try.

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