Courtesy of Chef Dino Lubbat, Dinotto Ristorante, Chicago
- Cooking spray
- 12 sheets Athens Phyllo Dough (9 x 14), thawed
- 5 medium, Granny Smith apples
- 1 cup of water, for soaking apples
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted, room temperature, cut into small cubes
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 strawberries, for garnish
Thaw one roll of phyllo, following thawing instructions on package. Preheat oven to 350°F.
Spray the outside of four, 2-ounce soufflé cups/ramekins and set them upside down on baking trays.
Unroll and cover phyllo with plastic wrap, then a damp towel to prevent drying out. Lay one sheet of phyllo on work surface and spray lightly with cooking spray. Fold it in half and place it over the soufflé cup. Drape and crimp the edges around the base of the cup. Repeat, folding two more sheets of phyllo. Spray the outside of the last sheet. Repeat process on the remaining cups. Leave enough space between each cup to drape adjacent cups. Bake 10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Set aside to cool. Once cooled, carefully remove phyllo blossom from soufflé cups.
Core, peel and slice apples no more than about 1/4″ thick. Place slices in a medium bowl filled with room temperature water and lemon to prevent browning. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine sugar, butter and cinnamon, allowing the sugar to melt. Add ½ cup water. Stir to remove lumps. Drain apple slices, add to mixture in saucepan and stir to coat apples thoroughly. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until apples are cooked through. Remove cooked apples from pan and set aside, saving the liquid in the pan. Continue cooking the liquid until it reduces and thickens to create a flavorful apple-cinnamon sauce.
Fill Phyllo blossoms with apples and then drizzle with apple-cinnamon sauce reduction. Garnish with whipped cream and apple slices or a strawberry. Serve immediately.
Use butter flavored cooking spray or substitute ¼ cup melted butter.
Lightly sprinkle sugar and cinnamon between the layers of phyllo dough before you fold them to add more flavor.
When serving, place a scoop of ice cream or gelato in each phyllo cup and top with warm apples slices and sauce reduction. Serve with fresh mint.