Almond Pastry Triangles

A flaky dessert from the island of Chios, taken from Greece: The Cookbook

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Makes 25-30 triangles


5 tablespoons melted clarified butter
3 cups (375 g / 13 oz) finely ground almonds
generous 1 cup (225 g / 8 oz) superfine (caster) sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground mastic
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons orange flower water
1 egg plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten
9 oz (250 g) ready-made phyllo (filo)
confectioners’ (icing) sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C / Gas Mark 4) and brush a baking pan with melted butter.

Combine the ground almonds, sugar, and mastic in a bowl. Add the lemon juice, orange flower water, and beaten eggs and fold in to make a loose but not runny batter, adding more orange flower water, if necessary.

Spread out the phyllo sheets and cut into 2-inch (5-cm) wide strips. Brush each strip with melted butter. Put 1 tablespoon of the filling at 1 end of each strip, lift the bottom corner over to the side and continue to fold into small triangles.

Put the triangles side by side into the prepared pan, brushing each with melted butter. Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until golden. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and let cool.


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