A Merry Christmas Breakfast!

Merry Christmas!!!!!

DSC_0947We wish you a day full of wonder, tradition, thankfulness and love as we celebrate the Savior’s birth! 

I’m sure that there are as many different traditions amongst us Zesters, as the actual number of our daily readership (and probably more). The beauty about traditions is that they are always special, and they always give us the warmth of familiarity, memory, and significance.  Some traditions may have religious meaning, while other’s have the intentionality of drawing family close together. 

We have many traditions….one of them being a Christmas breakfast.  After all the stockings have been pilfered, we have made the kids wait for present-opening while we prepare a special breakfast.  I love that it redirects the focus on the mad dash for presents, and that it draws us all around the table.  Over the years we have done tens of thousands of Swedish pancakes, a few attempts at donuts (a favorite with the kiddos, of course), and this year……

DSC_0945A phyllo dough breakfast danish.  Yah see, last night I made an apple pie with phyllo dough (btw if you haven’t tried this…it’s a must).  Since I had ample dough and apples left over, I decided to get creative and make up a recipe.  It turned out soooo good, that I had to share with you guys (yup, the kids and adults alike told me to write it down).

DSC_0911I started with a cup of yummy Greek yogurt and then added 1/3 cup of Turbinado sugar and 2/3 cup of ground up hazelnuts (it would be good with any of the nut meals).

DSC_0916DSC_0915Toss in an egg and a teaspoon of vanilla

DSC_0922DSC_0921Stir it all together and set aside.DSC_0919Time to prep the phyllo dough.  If you haven’t ever worked with this kind of dough, don’t be intimidated.  It is really quite easy and VERY forgiving (since tears hide so well amongst the layers 🙂 ).

DSC_0924The most important step is to have the dough completely thawed before you start (otherwise the sheets stick to each other too much).  Package directions say to have it thaw overnight in the fridge, or for 5 hours at room temp.  (Of course, Miss Impatient allowed it to thaw gently in it’s packaging right over a simmering pot on the stove).

Once you separate the sheets, place one on a cookie sheet and brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

DSC_0928Now, lay down another sheet and repeat.  I did a total of about 6 layers before I spread out my yogurt mix.

DSC_0933Then, I thinly sliced up a couple of green apples and began to layer.

DSC_0938And who wants an apple dish without cinnamon??

DSC_0939At this point, fold over the short side of the pastry and take a sharp knife to slice “fringe” on the longer side.  Each “fringe” piece you will twist and then lay completely across. Giving a peek-a-boo into all the yummies that lay beneath.

DSC_0941Now bake in a 400* oven for about 30 minutes…watch it as it starts to brown.

DSC_0943Gorgeous and ready for a flurry of powdered sugar!

DSC_0945Oh, and check out how the pie turned out last night!

DSC_0846It was a bit of a hit 😉

DSC_0881I hope you get a chance to try your hand at a phyllo dough creation this holiday season.  It is ridiculously gorgeous, yummy and easy.  Such a cool way to knock some socks off!

Phyllo Breakfast Danish

  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2/3 cups of ground hazelnut meal (or almond)
  • 1/3 cup of Turbinado sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 6 sheets of phyllo dough
  • melted butter (about 1/2 to a 1/2 stick)
  • more sugar for sprinkling
  • 2 green apples, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cinnamon

Mix the first five ingredients together and set aside.  Place your first layer of phyllo sheet on a cookie sheet.  Brush some butter and sprinkle with sugar.  Lay another sheet on top and repeat until you have used up all the sheets.  Now spread the yogurt mix on the phyllo, just off center.  Begin layering on the apples and dust with cinnamon.  Now, fold over the short side.  Using a sharp knife, slice a fringe on the long side with strips that are an inch in width.  Fold over and twist these one inch pieces to lay across the apples.  Bake at 400* for 30-40 minutes.  Dust with powdered sugar and serve…it’s gonna go fast!!

One more thing to share….remember the post about the blanket I made for my dad?  Check out the reaction! 🙂

DSC_0949DSC_0948Merry Christmas!!  Prayin’ your day is full and merry!!

~Chanda

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