Phyllo Baskets with Ice Cream and Strawberry Sauce
Golden, crispy phyllo baskets filled with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with warm strawberry sauce.
Pronounced "FEE-lo", these tissue-thin sheets of dough are an easy way to dress up any number of desserts. Although phyllo (also spelled "filo") looks intimidating, it's very forgiving and bakes up like a dream! You'll find it in the freezer section at the grocery store. Give it a try.
4 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 pint strawberries, hulled
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 pint vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Lightly grease 4 sections of a muffin tin.
- Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on a clean work surface and, using a pastry brush, lightly brush sheet with melted butter. Place a second sheet directly on top of the first, brush with butter and cover with a third sheet of phyllo. Brush with butter and top with the fourth sheet of phyllo (do not brush this last sheet). Cut in half and then in half again so that you have 4 equal stacks of phyllo. Press each piece into prepared muffin tin, folding and overlapping phyllo, allowing edges to overhang. (The phyllo shouldn't look neat.) Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place strawberries in a food processor and purée. Add cornstarch and pulse several times to blend. Strain into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. When hot, add sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Place a scoop of ice cream into each baked phyllo basket and drizzle with warm strawberry sauce to serve.
Makes 4 servings.
Tip: While you work, keep the "stand-by" sheets of phyllo covered with a damp paper towel to keep themn from drying out.