Crispy Thin Berry Pastry Tarts

I knew I wanted to make a new pastry recipe this weekend, so when I was at the grocery store this week I came across phyllo pastry dough. Instead of getting puff pastry, I got phyllo dough. This was my first time working with phyllo dough, so this recipe was a learning opportunity. I didn’t realize how thin the dough sheets are. Thin and fragile like gift tissue wrap. Let me tell you this isn’t exactly a beginner’s baking recipe. I think it would be helpful if you had little experience with pastry dough before you experiment with this variety. The preparation is the most tedious portion, but after you assemble the layers, you just throw it in the oven for 10/15 minutes and then it’s done. This is a great recipe if you have kids to help you and you a little more time. Squares can be refrigerated. The glaze can be replaced with honey.
The filling can be replaced with your favourite jam, or spread. I used raspberry jam. Next time I’m trying this with chocolate hazelnut spread! Kid tested, kid, approved! My son enjoyed tearing apart the square layer by layer.

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes

Parchment paper or aluminium foil
Cookie sheet pan
Pastry dough cutter or pizza cutter
Small mixing bowl
Basting brush

10 sheet of phyllo dough
1 stick of melted butter
½ cup of your favourite spread

Vanilla Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 or 6 tablespoons water

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminium foil
  3. Carefully layer 5 sheets of dough 1 at a time. Each layer brush with melted butter
  4. Butter and add spread on 5th layer
  5. Layer remaining sheets, butter between each sheet
  6. Brush the remaining top layer with butter and cut dough into 8 or 10 squares with a pastry cutter or pizza cutter
  7. No need to move pastry squares, just pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes until brown
  8. Take out of the oven and let cool

Vanilla Glaze directions:

  1. In the small mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla extract and water. I would recommend adding one tablespoon at a time and mix to your desired thickness.
  2. Use a spoon to pour glaze on squares. The glaze will harden as it sits.

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