Apple Cinnamon Phyllo Pies
It's apple season, and that means apple pie time! Apple pies are a classic dessert for the fall months, but sometimes they can be tough to make. That's where this apple cinnamon phyllo dough comes in handy. It is much easier to work with than traditional apple pie crusts, and tastes delicious too!
In this recipe you will learn how to create apple filo pies with apple cinnamon filling. You can easily convert these to include maple-cinnamon filling or apricot-prune filling. The options are endless!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Warm phyllo dough to room temperature as directed on the package. Open up phyllo dough and roll with rolling pin. Use a biscuit cutter to cut perfectly round pie shapes.
Filling the circles with pie filling and place anothe rpiece of round dough on top. Press around the sides with a fork.
Using the egg white brush over the top of the pies with silicone brush.
Is phyllo dough and puff pastry the same?
The main difference between these two is that they are made of entirely different things. While both use a shortening (fat) to add flakiness and smoothness, one is made with yeast dough and the other is not. The end results would be that phyllo dough is flaky and light while puff pastry is flaky and heavy.
Can I use phyllo instead of puff pastry?
Yes. Phyllo is very thin sheets of dough and it's usually wrapped around something rather than eaten on its own like puff pastry or filo (or sujuk). But it can be substituted for the same purpose in this recipe. I would not use filo, though, since phyllo is much thinner than filo and the end result would not have that layered, flaky puff pastry-like texture.
If you do use phyllo dough instead of puff pastry, I would recommend using frozen phyllo sheets rather than fresh. By the time you thaw and unroll them and work with them they become very brittle and hard to work with (unlike puff pastry). I would also recommend baking it at 350 rather than 400.
Is phyllo dough lower in fat than pie crust?
Phyllo is typically made using all-purpose flour and vegetable oil. They both contain about 10 grams of fat per ¼ cup serving.
A butter pie crust has less fat (7 grams per ¼ cup serving) but it also contains saturated fats, which are bad for you if consumed in large amounts. So while phyllo is not “low-fat” it is considered a healthier alternative to the butter pie crust.
Phyllo dough can be rolled out thinner than a butter pie crust and still get an even bake. This means you are less likely to end up with a soggy bottom or overly browned edges!
Perfect Apple Cinnamon Phyllo Pies
- 1 - 15 oz can apple pie filling
- 1 package frozen phyllo dough
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 egg white
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Warm phyllo dough to room temperature as directed on the package. Open up phyllo dough and roll with rolling pin. Use a biscuit cutter to cut perfectly round pie shapes.
- Filling the circles with pie filling and place anothe rpiece of round dough on top. Press around the sides with a fork.
- Using the egg white brush over the top of the pies with silicone brush.