Apple Pie PhiladelPhyllo

Fall means apple season!!! You know the saying about an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, the saying originated in 1866 and was actually, “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

Do you know why? Apples are loaded with vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, iron and calcium! They cleanse and detoxify and help ward off skin diseases, intestinal disorders, heart disease and respiratory diseases! One way you can start eating more apples is by making this recipe… Just don’t think about the sugar and butter when you’re making it 😉 Ready for what will be your new apple pie obsession? I give you… Apple Pie PhiladelPhyllo!

It’s flaky, light and not too sweet!  It can be breakfast or dessert! Chef Grandma and I tried many different combos including apples with peanut butter and apples with graham crackers, but we decided the cream cheese was best.  Not gonna lie, this was big for me. I’ve made up recipes since I was a teenager for cooking, but never anything for baking! I’m so very proud of it. As you saw in the video, my recipe was inspired by my mom’s baklava. She makes the best! I’m not a big fan of the typical, thick apple pie crust, I’d rather have the phyllo mixed in with the apple mixture!  So, voila.  Now you have Apple Pie PhiladelPhyllo! Yum.

Run to the grocery. Right now. And buy…

For the apple mixture:

4 Apples

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 cup of light brown sugar

For the “crust”:

1 package of phyllo dough

1 cup of butter

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 cup of light brown sugar

6 tablespoons of cream cheese

It may look like a long list of ingredients, but it’s actually only 7! And aside from the phyllo dough, they are probably all ingredients you already have in your kitchen!  These measurements are to make the recipe in a 9 inch round pan.  If you want to make more than 6-8 servings I have two options for you.

1. Double the recipe and make it in 2 9 inch pans.  I’m sure you have 2 because you would use 2 to make a cake..


2. Double the recipe and make it in a 9×13 pan.  Then cut them into small squares and place each in a cupcake tin. Perfect for parties! (Sorry I forgot to take a pic after they were cut!)


Your first step is to peel your apples and cut them into semi small pieces.  In a saucepan, mix your cup of water, and 3/4 of a cup of brown sugar. When it boils, add the apples. Then the teaspoon of cinnamon and salt. Let that simmer.

Set your oven to 350°.

In a smaller frying pan, melt 1/2 of a cup (1 stick) of butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon. When it is all melted together, put into a small bowl. Warning: your house will smell like a mall. You know… that amazing smell of Auntie Anne’s buttery cinnamon sugar pretzels wafting through every store in the mall that I swear I think they pump through the vents…

Unroll your phyllo dough.  Use a bit of the butter mixture to coat the bottom of your baking pan, whether it’s the 8 inch round or the 9×13.

If you’ve never used phyllo before, don’t be afraid! It’s not as difficult to work with as most people make it seem. Watch the video to see how to layer it.  If it rips, no worries, just piece it together like a puzzle! It all just meshes in together when it bakes, so you really can’t go wrong! Just don’t leave it sitting out.  Do not unwrap it until you’re ready to use. It will start to dry out.

Place 2 layers of phyllo in your pan.  After every 2 sheets that you put in your pan, use a pastry brush to butter that layer. The brown sugar will settle to the bottom of your butter mixture, so make sure you stir it.

After placing 8 sheets, add your first layer of apples.  Use 1/3 of your apple mixture.  Try to scoop out only the apples, not the juice.

Now add 4 sheets, again buttering after every 2 sheets. Next, add another layer of your apple mixture.  Use about 3 tablespoons of your cream cheese and cut in small slices. Place evenly on top of the apples. It’s easiest when the cream cheese is cold.

Add another 4 layers, buttering the 2nd and 4th layer.  If you are running low on butter, melt the other 1/2 cup and add it into the mixture you already have. Add your final layer of apples and the remainder of your cream cheese.

Add your final 6 layers, buttering every other layer. Watch the video at 8:00 to see how to make the final layers into a beautiful design! Be sure to also brush the top.


That’s all!  It may look difficult when you read it, but it’s really not, it’s just a pattern. Honestly, if you want to make 8 layers on the top instead of 6, go for it.  The amount of phyllo won’t hurt the recipe, I just wouldn’t suggest putting any less than what I said.

It really is seriously delicious and if you’re looking for a new apple pie recipe, then PERFECT!  Please let me know if you make it and love it!

Keep it classy,

Chef Stef



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