Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Date and Walnut Phyllo Rolls with Greek Yogurt and Honey

(My camera battery died before Jenny finished making dessert,
so here is Jenny working on our Moroccan meal, instead)

Date and Walnut Phyllo Rolls with Greek Yogurt and Honey
from Bon Appetit (Epicurious)


- 14 ounces Medjool dates (about 1 1/2 cups), pitted
- 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
- 3 Tbsp. plus 1/4 cup Greek honey or other honey
- 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 8 17 1/2x12 1/2-inch or sixteen 13 1/2x8 1/2-inch sheets fresh phyllo pastry or frozen, thawed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup Greek whole-milk yogurt


1) Combine dates, walnuts, 3 tablespoons honey, orange peel, and cardamom in food processor. Blend until paste forms.

2) Preheat oven to 375°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. If using 17 1/2x12 1/2-inch phyllo sheets, place stack of 8 phyllo sheets on work surface. Halve stack crosswise, forming 16 sheets, each 12 1/2x8 3/4 inches; arrange in 1 stack. Or if using 13 1/2x8 1/2-inch phyllo sheets, stack 16 sheets on work surface. Cover phyllo stack with plastic wrap, then damp kitchen towel.

3) Remove 1 phyllo sheet from stack and place on work surface; brush with melted butter. Top with second sheet; brush with butter.

4) Starting 1 inch from edge at short end of phyllo, spoon 3 tablespoons date mixture in dollops in row parallel to edge. Mold date mixture into log, leaving 1/2-inch border at edges of phyllo.

5) Roll up date log in phyllo, enclosing filling and forming roll (filling will be exposed at ends). Transfer to baking sheet; brush with butter.

6) Repeat with remaining phyllo, butter, and date mixture.

7) Bake until golden, about 23 minutes. Cool on baking sheet.

8) Spoon yogurt into small bowl (or 8 individual bowls); drizzle remaining 1/4 cup honey over yogurt. Place 1 phyllo roll on each of 8 plates. Serve with honey-yogurt for dipping.

Note on rolling:
Basically, you roll the date mixture into a log shape and then roll the phyllo around it like a cigar. Makes 8.

For recipes for a full Moroccan meal, click here.


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