Basic Recipe for Phyllo Dough

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

Phyllo dough is easier bought, but for the adventurous, here is a Flemmish recipe for making your own dough!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift the flour with the salt.
  2. Make a well in the middle of the flour.
  3. In the well put the water and the olive oil.
  4. Work the dough until it hangs well together.
  5. Dust flour on a table or board.
  6. Knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes.
  7. The dough should be smooth and not stick to the board.
  8. Roll the dough out to a big rectangle.
  9. Lay a damp towel over it and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
  10. Flour your hands and work the dough from the middle outwards until you have the dough stretched to about 3 ft by 3 ft (1meter x 1meter)If work table is not big enough to roll out a 3 ft. by 3 ft. dough, divide the dough into 9 (divide into 3, then divide each third into 3 more) and roll out each portion into 1 ft. by 1 ft. sheet. Cut the dough with a sharp knife or pizza cutter to the desired sheet size.
  11. Continue with the recipe that requires the phyllo dough.


Most Helpful

Thanks, Taylor, this recipe was great - and so easy to make! I never knew that phyllo dough was so simple. I quartered the recipe because I only wanted to make about one sheet. It was very easy to handle, and I'd recommend dividing the dough into three or four separate chunks before rolling. Thanks again!

Stephanie Z. August 24, 2008

I havent made this yet .But I want to thank you . I have look other places and couldnt find it. I didnt want to go out and buy it. So thanks carolyn/lancaster,ca

jstgrabbit January 09, 2008

I made this exactly as written and it was great! The dough held together even rolled out tissue thin. I made a second batch that I rolled out into sheets with waxed paper in between and put in the freezer. When I thaw and use it I'll let you know how it freezes!

Elisa72 October 16, 2007

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