Almond Butter and Banana Phyllo Triangles (Dessert-Borek)

Tuesday February 25, 2013


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I apologize for my almost 2 week blogging hiatus. I have found myself lacking in motivation and have been feeling more inclined to sit on the couch and watching episode after episode of Doctor Who than do my school work and post recipes.

I've still been cooking (one has to eat after all), but just hadn't sat down and edited the pictures and written up my recipes. BUT these were a fun project that I want to tell you about. Because I like them. And you. And the photo didn't need any light-tweaking. The camera/photography gods were smiling on me.

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Borek is one of my favourite snacks or appetizers. My grandma makes them for almost every family gathering or party becuase they really are the perfect size and oh so delicious.

The other day I had the brilliant idea to make samosa boreks (recipe not included because I am still fine-tunning it). After I ran out of the samosa filling, my father suggested I use the rest to make a dessert-inspired treat. And voila! Dessert borek with almond butter, apple butter, bananas and cinnamon. And wow were they ever fantastic.

They had a slight baklava taste (which was wonderful)- I can picture doing so many other things- like adding crushed nuts for a crunch, or scattering some crushed nuts on the outside for a decorative look. And using pistachios!

Try some variations of your own! They are addictive.

Recipe: Dessert Borek

Makes as many as you want it to make!

Ingredients:

~1/2 cup clarified butter (I used 1/2 cup olive oil which worked fine) for brushing
Phyllo sheets (from a defrosted package)
Almond butter
Bananas sliced in rounds
Apple butter (you could substitute honey but I havent tried it)
Cinnamon (for dusting)

Method:

Follow the drections for preparing the phyllo and rolling using this guide here. I dusted the layers lightly with cinnamon as I rolled.

Filling: Place ~ 1 tbsp amount of filling total for each triangle --I just placed a banana slice and topped it with a bit of the almond butter and apple butter ie. ~1/2-1 tsp of each). After they are all rolled, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon before baking on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees F or until golden brown.

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