I have been getting so many requests for making Puff Pastry and Filo/Phyllo dough. But for some reason, readers have been missing the posts where I have shown how to make these pastries. Hence, after getting tired by adding the links in reply to so many of the emails, I thought, what is the best thing I can do which will help me continue to be my lazy self ;). Hence this - a separate post on how to make the filo. The picture that I have reused is of the classic Apple Strudel where I first made these phyllo dough from scratch. Its not as tough as I earlier imagined it to be! Few precautions and you are good to go.
Take the dough out of the mixer. Change to the dough hook. Put the dough ball back in the mixer. Let the dough knead on medium until you get a soft dough ball with a somewhat rough surface.
Take the dough out of the mixer and continue kneading by hand on an unfloured work surface. Knead for about 2 minutes. Pick up the dough and throw it down hard onto your working surface occasionally.Shape the dough into a ball and transfer it to a plate. Oil the top of the dough ball lightly. Cover the ball tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to stand for 30-90 minutes (longer is better).
Pick the dough up by holding it by an edge. This way the weight of the dough and gravity can help stretching it as it hangs. Using the back of your hands to gently stretch and pull the dough. You can use your forearms to support it.
The dough will become too large to hold. Put it on your work surface. Leave the thicker edge of the dough to hang over the edge of the table. Place your hands underneath the dough and stretch and pull the dough thinner using the backs of your hands. Stretch and pull the dough until it's about 2 feet (60 cm) wide and 3 feet (90 cm) long, it will be tissue-thin by this time.
Thank you soooo much. This is the dough I remember making with my Mother. She used to make it "by eye and feel" I have never been able to get the right proportions. It turned out PERFECTLY. My sister-in-law will be writhing tomorrow. She always made the strudel for family get-togethers. She always used store-bought filo. It never really turned out right. Thanks again for this recipe. I now have a fool proof recipe that will win over the family stomachs, if nothing else.
I use diferent fillings:
- minced meat around 300-350 gramov,1 large onion, 2 cloves of garlic, salt and pepper, cream or milk 2 tbsp., fresh herbs.
- cheese - mix goat cheese and something contrast, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, if needed, 1/2-1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, 1 teaspoon Hungarian peppers
- mashrooms filling and so on
See my apple strudel recipe or spanakopita recipe
Yes u can. It also helps in providing the stretchiness to the dough