It’s crunch time — make the most of this crisp pastry.
For each layer, we used two sheets of pastry.
As a pastry case
Step 1 Place 2 sheets flat on a board covered with baking paper. For a quiche or tart-type dish, spray top sheet with oil spray and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs between each layer prevents the pastry from going soggy (see Chicken and vegetable quiche tart).
Step 2 Use this layer (2 sheets) to line a quiche dish, allowing the edges to overlap the rim of the dish.
Step 3 Repeat with another layer of filo pastry, scrunching the edges to make it look pretty. Repeat if needed, depending on your recipe.
As a topping
Step 1 Lay 2 sheets of pastry on a board covered with baking paper. Cut this layer (2 sheets) into quarters and scrunch together. Add to the top of pies. Repeat to cover pastry.
Step 2 Once the pie is covered with scrunched pastry, spray with oil.
- Chilled or frozen? If you have space in your fridge, choose chilled filo rather than frozen. It’s easier to keep and you can use it immediately.
- For savoury filo recipes, an olive oil spray gives the dishes a good colour and flavour. For sweet ones, brush on melted low-fat spread.
- To prevent the filo sheets not being used from drying out, cover with a damp tea towel.