“Easy as pie.” That phrase has always baffled me. I mean, did the person who invented that phrase ever actually make a pie? I’m pretty sure they didn’t, because pies are not easy. Not at all.
But. Take a fruit pie filling and roll it into some phyllo “cigars,” now that – that is easy. Much easier than pie.
Last fall I saw a recipe for apple pie “cigars” and I filed it away until fruit season, ready to try it with summer fruits.
I made three batches of these babies to get the filling just right. And, my patience was rewarded. These are even more delicious than standard pie form – light and crispy and super easy phyllo wrapped around perfect sweet and tart blueberry filling. One trick: you must use strips of exactly THREE sheets when rolling each cigar. One is too thin and the filling leaks through. Four is too many and the pastry overtakes the dessert. Three is just right.
I promise these will fly off the platter at your next summer picnic or barbecue. Guaranteed. Bonus: they are MUCH easier than pie!
— posted by Donna