This recipe came up on a day I was really craving something sweet, but did not have enough ingredients to make anything. I ended up finding a pack of phyllo dough in the back of my freezer and decided to use it somehow. I did not have any nuts or seeds in the house either, so I just rolled the pastry out empty. Then, I baked it, soaked it in a spiced sugar syrup and it was one of the most delicious things I have ever made. The flakey texture was absolutely irresistible. I highly recommend making these for a party or gathering, they will surely be a crowd pleaser! Later in life I found out that these are a Greek dessert called Kourkoubinia!cut 8 to 12 per each roll. Repeat the whole process until you have used the entire pack of phyllo pastry.
Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay all the rolls on the baking sheet and bake them for 45-50 minutes. Make sure to check on them from time to time to make sure they do not burn.
PHYLLO ROLLS (KOURKOUBINIA)
If you are making this for a crowd, I would definitely multiply the recipe!
- 400 grams or 1 lb phyllo pastry
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 water
- neutral oil for assembling the rolls
- any spices of choice or citrus for flavoring the syrup (vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, lemon, orange, etc.)
- If using frozen phyllo pastry, thaw it.
- Preheat the oven at 175°C (345°F).
- You’ll need three pastry sheets per round:
- take one sheet of phyllo pastry;
- lay it on the working surface;
- lightly drizzle some neutral oil on it (I usually use a squeeze bottle for this);
- roughly brush the oil all over the surface of the pastry;
- lay the next pastry sheet on top.
- Repeat all the steps until you have three lightly oiled pastry sheets laying on top of each other. If there are two sheets stuck together, you can still use them, no need to split them apart.
- Next, roll the phyllo pastry together. Cut each roll of pastry into bite size pieces, I cut 8 to 12 per each roll. Repeat the whole process until you have used the entire pack of phyllo pastry.
- Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay all the rolls on the baking sheet and bake them for 45-50 minutes. Make sure to check on them from time to time to make sure they do not burn.
- Once the pastry is done baking, it’s time to make the simple syrup. Simply add the sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer until the sugar has fully dissolved.
- The last step will be soaking the baklava rolls: simply place all the rolls in a deeper dish (a bowl) and pour all the hot sugar syrup on top of them. Let them soak all that sugar syrup for a few minutes. They can be served right away!