One of the most delicate and versatile pastries to work with, filo pastry serves as a lighter alternative to the hearty shortcrust-based recipes we favour in winter months. Widely used in both sweet and savoury dishes, the paper-thin sheets of translucent dough derive from the Ottoman Empire and are still popular in Greek, Middle Eastern and Eastern European cuisines. With this delicious flaky pastry being perfect for a whole host of refreshing, Mediterranean dishes, we’ve picked out five of the best filo pastry recipes you need to try this summer!
1. Chicken, manchego and chorizo briouats
If you’re looking to upgrade your bakery’s snack selection this August, these briouats are a fantastic choice. The flaky filo parcels are a Spanish twist on the traditional Moroccan briouat, incorporating all our favourite Mediterranean flavours for a super summery option. Stuff your parcels with juicy chorizo, succulent chicken and rich manchego cheese for a taste sensation that’s sure to keep your customers coming back for more.
2. Ham and leek filo quiche
For a healthier alternative to the classic quiche, swapping your shortcrust base for filo pastry is an easy way to cut the calories of your dish. After carefully draping the thin filo layers into a well-oiled pan, bake the case in the oven for 3-5 minutes before pouring in the rich filling of smoked ham, leek and broccoli for a mouth-watering quiche.
Don’t think serving a whole filo quiche will work for your customers? Try whipping up this treat in individual portions for a great grab-and-go lunch option.
3. Goat’s cheese filo pizza
Another way to quickly cut the calories of one of the nation’s most popular meals, filo pastry makes a great alternative to stodgy pizza dough. Best paired with Mediterranean flavours such as grilled vegetables, sundried tomatoes and olives, we love this sharp and tangy goat’s cheese version with onion and mozzarella. Serve your pizza by the slice for a healthy snack bursting with flavour.
4. Baklava cheesecake
A brilliant mash-up of two of our favourite desserts, this cheesecake baklava hybrid is one sweet treat you have to try. This rich and creamy cheesecake has honey infused Greek yoghurt whipped into its cream cheese batter, as well as chopped walnuts, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Encase in a crisp filo pastry shell, bake, then serve with cinnamon-honey syrup and a sprinkling of walnuts.
5. Filo pastry apple pie
A healthier alternative to its puff pastry kin, filo pastry apple pie is a great way to enjoy a sugary treat with half the guilt. Boasting a golden, flaky exterior with a juicy centre bursting with apple and cinnamon flavours, this sweet snack is easily cut up into handy individual portions. Throw in a handful of walnuts for extra crunch or serve with cream or custard for a heartier dessert.
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