Fresh juicy cherries with cream cheese, cinnamon, pecans and a touch of lemon rolled up in buttery, crispy phyllo dough. Enjoy this perfect summertime dessert!
12 sheets Athens® Phyllo Dough (9×14”), thawed
10 ounces fresh cherries, quartered and pits removed
1/2 cup sugar, divided
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 large egg
1 tablespoon flour
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
Thaw one roll of phyllo, following thawing instructions on the package. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Combine cherries, 1/4 cup sugar and lemon juice in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low for 2-3 minutes until sugar has dissolved and cherries have softened. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, 3 tablespoons sugar, egg, salt and flour until smooth. Fold cooled cherry mixture into cream cheese mixture.
Using a food processor, pulse pecans, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon sugar and cinnamon into a coarse grind.
Unroll and cover phyllo sheets with plastic wrap, then a slightly damp towel to prevent drying out. Lay one sheet of phyllo on a work surface, short side near you. Lightly brush half of phyllo lengthwise. Sprinkle lightly with pecan mixture. Fold unbuttered side over lengthwise to create a two layered strip 4 1/2″ x 14″. Place one heaping tablespoon cherry cheese filling on strip about 4″ from bottom. Fold bottom section of phyllo up over filling and then roll to the end of strip. Place seam side down on parchment lined baking sheet. Brush lightly with butter and sprinkle lightly with pecan mixture. Repeat procedure 11 more time to create 12 phyllo rolls, placing them at least 1″ apart on baking tray. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve at room temperature.
Serving size: 1 roll (65g), Amount per serving: Calories 180, Total Fat – 9g, Saturated fat – 4.5g, Trans Fat – 0g, Cholesterol – 35mg, Sodium – 100mg, Dietary Fiber – 1g, Total Carbohydrate – 22g, Sugars – 11g, Protein – 3g, Vitamin D – 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 0%, Potassium – 0%
Chopped almonds can be substituted for pecans.