Fillo Pie with Caramelized Apples and Pine Kernels

Serve this spiced tart with cream, yogurt or crème fraîche.


  • 125 g (4 oz) butter
  • 1 kg (2 lb) dessert apples, peeled, cored, halved and thickly sliced
  • 50-15 g (2-3 oz) pine kernels
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 125 g (4 oz) light soft brown sugar
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
  • 375 g (12 oz) fillo pastry, thawed if frozen
  • Icing sugar


Melt 50 g (2 oz) of the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the apples and toss them in the butter until soft, but not disintegrating. Add the pine kernels and stir around for a minute. Stir in the cinnamon, and after 1 minute add the sugar and lemon rind and juice. Stir the bubbling mixture until the juices have evaporated. Remove from the heat.

Melt the remaining butter and brush a large baking sheet, ideally a round pizza tin, with a little butter. Lay 2 sheets of fillo pastry overlapping on the baking sheet. Brush thinly with butter, then lay on another 2 sheets of fillo on top in the opposite direction. Continue for 3-4 more layers. Spoon the apple mixture on top in a circle. Fold the overlapping edges of the pastry over the mixture. Brush another 2 sheets with butter and lay them on top of the apples. Cover with another 2 buttered sheets in the opposite direction. Repeat with all the pastry, brushing the top sheets with butter. Press to seal in the apples and make a crinkly border, pinching with your fingers.

Bake at 200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6 for 35-45 minutes until the top is browned. Transfer to a serving dish. Just before serving dust with icing sugar.