Apple Phyllo Rolls

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By Sneji
April 14, 2023

These rolls are very similar to an apple strudel. This dessert has changed a lot over time, however the base is the same. The filling is made out of grated slightly caramelized apples, sugar, cinnamon and bread crumbs. In some recipes, the apples are caramelized, while in others they are simply cut and in the rolls. It’s all a matter of preference. Also, in its history, this dessert was made from dough yeast. Today we have phyllo pastry, which makes it much easier for us and at the same time gives us that crispy taste of the toasted crusts, which melt in the mouth. Here I present to you my variations of this well known dessert.

First of all, in order to achieve a crispy dough, I spread several leaves (4 or 5) of phyllo pastry, as with baklava. This will help to  make sure that the filling doesn’t overpower the crust of the rolls and it gives the rolls so much crunchiness.

Second of all, my other personal addition to these rolls is the filling. I cut the peeled apple into small pieces and then fry them in butter, but not for very long. My goal is to cook them very lightly so that they’re not raw, but we don’t want to make them into jam either. Don’t fry them longer than 5 minutes.

Afterwards, I immediately add the cinnamon and sugar. You decide which type of sugar you prefer to use. It’s not a mistake if you don’t have brown sugar and use white instead.

Once the mixture cools down, I strain it. Since the apples are not fully cooked, they can still release quite a bit of water, therefore after they have cooled for a while, I strain them for a few minutes.

After they are drained, I add the ground walnuts and crushed tea biscuits. In the original recipe, breadcrumbs are used however I prefer biscuits, because they are also sweet and add extra flavor to the rolls. I purposely do not grind them in the chopper, but crush them by hand so that there are pieces of different sizes that add to the texture and crunchiness of the rolls. Their main purpose is to absorb the moisture of the apples.

Finally, once it’s time to serve the rolls, I sprinkle them with sugar to add a little more sweetness. I have shown you two serving options here. In my family, we prefer them dusted with powdered sugar, but in various pastry shops they are served with yogurt and honey. Therefore, it’s really a matter of preference.

Here are some other recipes with phyllo:

Homemade Baklava Rolls

Today, I will show you how to make baklava rolls. It’s crunchy and sweet and it melts in your mouth. 

The Best Honey Baklava
This honey baklava is flaky, crisp and tender and I love that it isn’t overly sweet. I am a huge fan of baklava and this is the BEST baklava recipe I have ever tried!
It’s layers upon layers of butter brushed phyllo dough with cinnamon scented almonds in the middle, and after you bake it, you pour honey syrup all over it for the phyllo to soak up.

Apple Phyllo Rolls

Ingredients

  • 3 apples
  • 30 g butter
  • 40 g brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 50 g walnuts
  • 20 g tea biscuits
  • 8 sheets phyllo pastry
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • sugar

Instructions

Filling

  • Peel and chop the apples.
  • Fry the apples at medium heat with the 30 g butter for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • After you take them off the heat, add the brown sugar and the cinnamon. Mix well and let the mixture cool.
  • After it has cooled, strain it.
  • Grind the walnuts in a blender and add them to the strained apples.
  • Crush the tea biscuits with your hands and add them to other ingredients. Mix and set aside.

Make the rolls

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Melt the 100 g of butter in the microwave.
  • Unwrap the roll of phyllo dough and take out 8 sheets. Cut them into 4 rectangles. I used 4 small sheets for 1 roll.
  • Take one little sheet and, in the meantime, keep the others covered so they don’t dry out.
  • Brush that one sheet with the melted butter and place a second sheet on top of it. Do the same with the following two sheets. 
  • Divide the filling into 8 parts so that it is equally distributed for all the rolls.
  • Take one part of that filling and spread it in a line on the long side of the rectangle. Starting with the long edge (the one where the filling is spread), roll into a log.
  • Transfer the roll to a prepared pan with parchment paper.
  • After you put all of your rolls in the pan, grease them with the rest of  the melted butter and sprinkle them with sugar.
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Let them cool and you can then sprinkle them with powdered sugar or serve them with yogurt and honey.

Bon Appétit!

Apple Phyllo Rolls

Servings 8 rolls

Ingredients
  

  • 3 apples
  • 30 g butter
  • 40 g brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 50 g walnuts
  • 20 g tea biscuits
  • 8 sheets phyllo pastry
  • 100 g butter, melted
  • sugar

Instructions
 

Filling

  • Peel and chop the apples.
  • Fry the apples at medium heat with the 30 g butter for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  • After you take them off the heat, add the brown sugar and the cinnamon. Mix well and let the mixture cool.
  • After it has cooled, strain it.
  • Grind the walnuts in a blender and add them to the strained apples.
  • Crush the tea biscuits with your hands and add them to other ingredients. Mix and set aside.

Make the rolls

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Melt the 100 g of butter in the microwave.
  • Unwrap the roll of phyllo dough and take out 8 sheets. Cut them into 4 rectangles. I used 4 small sheets for 1 roll.
  • Take one little sheet and, in the meantime, keep the others covered so they don’t dry out.
  • Brush that one sheet with the melted butter and place a second sheet on top of it. Do the same with the following two sheets. 
  • Divide the filling into 8 parts so that it is equally distributed for all the rolls.
  • Take one part of that filling and spread it in a line on the long side of the rectangle. Starting with the long edge (the one where the filling is spread), roll into a log.
  • Transfer the roll to a prepared pan with parchment paper.
  • After you put all of your rolls in the pan, grease them with the rest of  the melted butter and sprinkle them with sugar.
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Let them cool and you can then sprinkle them with powdered sugar or serve them with yogurt and honey.

Bon Appétit!

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    Author: Sneji
    Course: Breakfast, Dessert
    Keyword: #apple, #breakfast, #dessert, #phyllo, #rolls
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