Plum pie recipe: a dessert made with dried plums, walnuts and phyllo. Who needs baklava, when you can make something even better?
You may have noticed BLB has been on a prolonged hiatus. It was a long, difficult winter, and may it never repeat.
To welcome the spring, I'm putting up a recipe for a plum dessert made with the Balkan favorite - you guessed it - simple syrup. This one will impress you even more than baklava. And it's way easier to make.
I first tried this plum pie at a well known Sarajevo restaurant last year. Now, I'm a chocolate and caramel kind of girl. Not big on Balkan desserts at all. I eat my mom's baklava, but only because hers is the best I've ever tasted. And one day she won't be here to make it anymore.
But to avoid hurting the owner's feelings, I tried this plum pie. Plus she mentioned it was a family recipe. And I don't know what it is, but when someone says "family recipe" I am immediately drawn, the way some people are attracted by the mention of a word "secret."
I did not regret it, for this pie made love to my sense of taste. It was just juicy enough... the plums had softened to that moment of surrender just before falling apart. And there were lemony undertones, unnoticeable until there were no more tastes to be discovered. Then, out of nowhere... spring!
- Plum Pie (Šljivopita):
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 pounds dried plums (prunes) pitted
- 1 package phyllo dough (1 pound or 18-20 sheets)
- 1 pound walnuts (half ground/ half finely chopped)
- 2.5 sticks of butter (1.5 cups)
- Agda (simple syrup, sugar syrup):
- 26 ounces sugar
- 10 espresso cups water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 lemons
- Pour 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water over dried plums, and simmer over low heat, mixing occasionally until soft.
- Grind ½ pound walnuts, and finely chop the other ½ pound. Mix together.
- Melt butter over low heat. Layer two phyllo sheets on top of each other, brushing each with butter. Preheat oven to 480F.
- Line long end of phyllo sheets with plums, the thickness of a finger. Then grab two handfuls of walnut mixture and pour over the plums equally. Start rolling phyllo with the mixture tightly. Place the roll into a buttered baking pan.
- Take another two sheets of phyllo and repeat. Place tightly next to the first roll. Repeat until you run out of material. Spray the remaining butter over the entire pie.
- Bake plum pie for exactly 25 minutes.
- After the pie has been baking for 10 minutes, place 26 ounces of sugar into a pot, and cover with 10 espresso cups of water. Add lemon from one juice, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to it. Cut the second lemon into thin rounds and add to everything. Bring all to boil.
- Boil for exactly 7 minutes and then move off the range.
- By this time the plum pie should be baked.
- Pour hot sugar syrup over the hot pie, and leave out to cool. Transfer to fridge only after it cools down completely.
If your plums are completely dry, leave them in some water for 15-20 minutes to soften, deseed them and then start.
Measure your phyllo sheets against the pan in which you'll be baking the pie. You may have to cut phyllo a little to adjust the size.
Check that you have espresso size cups before starting.
You can warm up before serving. Otherwise you can serve cold. Ice-cream is optional. 🙂