TikTok’s Crinkle Dessert Is the Easiest Way to Use Phyllo Dough

The latest dessert to make the rounds on TikTok stands out from the site’s usual, sometimes questionable fare in that it both looks and tastes good and requires no bright colors or canned goods. The “crinkle,” as it’s become known, uses phyllo dough an…

The latest dessert to make the rounds on TikTok stands out from the site’s usual, sometimes questionable fare in that it both looks and tastes good and requires no bright colors or canned goods. The “crinkle,” as it’s become known, uses phyllo dough and custard to create a super simple treat with an impeccably crispy top and a mystifyingly tender center. As with so many viral recipes, it serves as something of a blank slate, allowing users to riff on it and create their own versions.

The dessert first became popularized by user RamenaSaidWow, who alludes in multiple videos to having a business that sold these, and who explains that this is not her personal invention. Rather, it’s a traditional Middle Eastern dessert (Lebanese or Chaldean, she guesses), called muakacha; she just perfected her own version.

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12 of the Flakiest Phyllo Dough Recipes

Let’s get one thing straight: Phyllo dough is not the same thing as puff pastry. They are similar and similarly used, but not the same. Here, we’re showcasing a dozen recipes that make the most of phyllo dough—you’ll thank us later.

Yes, you can make …

Let’s get one thing straight: Phyllo dough is not the same thing as puff pastry. They are similar and similarly used, but not the same. Here, we’re showcasing a dozen recipes that make the most of phyllo dough—you’ll thank us later.

Yes, you can make homemade phyllo, but you definitely don’t need to. Store-bought phyllo dough, usually found in the freezer aisle, works just as well in these recipes. Layers of phyllo can be used as blankets for a feta cheese and spinach pie, a weighted blanket for vanilla pastry cream with macerated strawberries, and a cardigan for cream cheese with plums.

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How to Make Sausage Rolls Like You’re on ‘The Great British Bake Off’

This week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off wasn’t entirely sweet. In fact, it was a little savory too. During the technical challenge, the five remaining contestants were tasked with making eight vegan sausage rolls as part of the episode’s “fre…

This week’s episode of The Great British Bake Off wasn’t entirely sweet. In fact, it was a little savory too. During the technical challenge, the five remaining contestants were tasked with making eight vegan sausage rolls as part of the episode's “free from” theme, which included dairy-free ice cream sandwiches and two-tier gluten-free cakes. “Flavor always matters, but in this recipe it’s absolutely key,” said co-judge Prue Leith, who introduced the challenge. Contestants were expected to make a crisp golden vegan rough puff pastry surrounding a mushroom and walnut filling, and accompanied by a sticky caramelized red onion chutney. But how do you make sausage rolls, anyway, vegan or otherwise?

How to Make Sausage Rolls

Food52’s recipe for traditional sausage rolls are made by spreading Dijon mustard over puff pastry and topping it with pork sausage meat, a drizzle of Worcestershire sauce, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves. “To form the sausage rolls, fold the top half of the pastry over the sausage and press the edges together with a fork. Trim the edge to get a neat line then gently slice the pastry log into inch wide segments but do not fully separate. Lightly slash the top of each segment with a sharp knife and glaze with an egg wash,” writes recipe developer Lily Hughes. From here, bake the sausage rolls in a 400℉ oven for 30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the sausage is fully cooked. This recipe called for store-bought pork sausage and frozen and thawed puff pastry. But what kind of GBBO challenge would it be if both of the key ingredients weren’t made from scratch?

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10 Shatteringly Flaky Leftover Puff Pastry Recipes

As an avid baker, I’m a firm believer in the power of making things from scratch at least once. Even if it fails, you gain an appreciation for the professionals! But there’s one thing I will never make myself: puff pastry. Until the day comes when I am…

As an avid baker, I’m a firm believer in the power of making things from scratch at least once. Even if it fails, you gain an appreciation for the professionals! But there’s one thing I will never make myself: puff pastry. Until the day comes when I am cast on The Great British Baking Show and faced with a technical challenge, I will be raiding the freezer aisle for this stuff. Puff pastry is a constant in my freezer, a shortcut to beautiful, sophisticated, stress-free food. That’s why, to me, there is no such thing as leftover puff pastry. But if you bought it for a recipe during the holidays and ended up using only one of two sheets in the package, I’m here to show you a world of possibilities. From appetizers and one-bite wonders to centerpiece-worthy main dishes and impressive desserts, puff pastry is one of the most versatile items you can stock in your kitchen. My hope is that by the time you’re done reading this list of all the ways to cook with it, puff pastry will have graduated beyond the land of holiday leftovers and earned a permanent spot on your shopping list.

Puff Pieces

1. ‘Everything’ Pigs in a Blanket

Meet the easiest people-pleasing app of all time. In my opinion, it’s not a party without pigs in a blanket, and with just a few store-bought ingredients, you can make any night feel like an occasion. Just think of the “everything” seasoning as confetti.

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The Perfect Dessert to Send Off Summer, Straight From Sohla

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share a delicious project for baking pros and newbies alike, straight from Food52 Resident Sohla El-Waylly: a free-form riff on classic napoleons with golden, crisp phyllo and rose-infused fresh strawberries.

If anyone …

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share a delicious project for baking pros and newbies alike, straight from Food52 Resident Sohla El-Waylly: a free-form riff on classic napoleons with golden, crisp phyllo and rose-infused fresh strawberries.


If anyone can make a fancy-schmancy dessert look easy—and teach us how to do it, too—it's our Resident Sohla El-Waylly. A pro chef, flavor whisperer, and A+ teacher, she's been showing us must-know cooking techniques (from braising to roasting chicken wings) in her series Off-Script With Sohla.

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Phyllo Is the Ultimate *Crispy* Blank Canvas

In our latest episode of Dear Test Kitchen, chefs and authors of Honey & Co. At Home, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, schooled us on the wide, wide world of baklava.

“Baklava is actually a generic name for all these kinds of sweets originating …

In our latest episode of Dear Test Kitchen, chefs and authors of Honey & Co. At Home, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, schooled us on the wide, wide world of baklava.

"Baklava is actually a generic name for all these kinds of sweets originating in the Ottoman Empire," Srulovich explains. "It’s a whole world."

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