Friday, January 7, 2011
From Renee G. (read more about Renee at the end):
"I picked a recipe that is perfect for the holidays. It is super easy and fun and very impressive looking. It tastes great too. The first time I made it I used more phyllo dough than was asked in the recipe because I thought it wouldn't be enough for the size pan and it turned out fine but I would definitely stick with the recipe and fold the phyllo dough very loosely so it is more custard than dough. Enjoy! Oh...I had to buy a 14-inch round pan, it's big! I got mine at a supply store for $12 bucks it was an investment but I love the dish and will make it a lot more so it was worth it to me, but if you're unsure see if you can borrow one."
IngredientsMakes one 14-inch pie (or if using a 9-inch pan, reduce recipe by one-third)
- 6 tablespoons melted butter
- 8 to 9 sheets store-bought phyllo (I used Athens brand 9x14-inch phyllo sheets)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting
- 3 cups whole milk
- 6 large eggs
- 1 generous cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 14-inch round with some of the melted butter; set aside.
- Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on work surface with one long side parallel to edge of work surface. Using your hands, loosely ruffle phyllo by pushing short sides towards one another to create a long cylindrical shape. Place upright in center of prepared cake pan creating a spiral. Repeat process with remaining sheets, continuing spiral outwards until bottom of pan is covered.
(NOTE: It will seem like too few phyllo sheets for the large pan, but the pie will be too dense if you use more. Spiral it in loosely and it will be enough.)
- Using a , brush remaining melted butter all over phyllo in pan; sprinkle with cinnamon. Transfer to oven and bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat milk in a medium saucepan until it just barely begins to boil; remove from heat. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. Gradually add heated milk, a little bit at a time, whisking constantly; whisk in vanilla. (Mixture will be thin at this point. It will set up in the oven.)
- Spoon milk mixture over baked phyllo, evenly covering surface.
NOTE (Directions for a 9 or 10-inch round pan):
If you would like to try this recipe with a 9 or 10-inch round pan, rather than the 14-inch pan the recipe calls for, you will need to reduce the recipe by a third.
4 Tbs. melted butter, 6-7 phyllo sheets, cinnamon, 2 cups milk, 4 large eggs, 2/3 cup sugar, 3/4 tsp. vanilla