Kourkoubínia (Little Phyllo Rolls)


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Last weekend I made a small pan of tiropita (Greek cheese pie) and I had 6 phyllo sheets left. You know phyllo is not something that lasts for many days, so I had to act really fast.

I could make another pita, but I was bored and then came to me. I could make kourkoubínia. They need almost no ingredients, they are so easy to make and they taste so, so heavenly.

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Needless to say, that they were gone in a matter of minutes. I merely ate four and all the rest went to the tummies of my son and husband.

If you have phyllo in your freezer, do try them. You cannot believe how tasty plain phyllo is, when it is fried and put to syrup.

 

Kourkoubínia (Little Phyllo Rolls)

Ingredients

6 phyllo sheets

Corn oil or canola or sunflower oil for brushing the sheets

Little water for brushing

2 cups corn oil or canola or sunflower oil for frying the kourkoubínia

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For the syrup

1 ½ cups sugar

1 cup water

1 cinnamon stick

2 tsp lemon juice

½ tsp vanilla extract

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Instructions

Take one phyllo sheet. The short side should be close to you.

Brush with oil. Not very much.

Brush a strip of water at the very end of the short side of the phyllo that is further from you.

Put the second sheet on top.

Again brush with oil.

Again brush a strip of water at the very end of the short side of the phyllo that is further from you.

Take the side that is close to you and fold so as its edge to go couple of inches before the water strip.

Then start to roll the kourkoubínia.

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The pictures here will help you understand the procedure. You may think it is difficult but in reality is very, very easy.

Do the same with the rest of the sheets.

In the end you will have 3 logs.

Cut them in pieces two thumbs long.

Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes.

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Put the two cups of oil in high heat.

Take them out of the fridge and fry them in batches until they are golden brown.

Remove and drain from the excessive oil.

Let them cool.

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Prepare the syrup.

In all these Greek phyllo sweets one of the two things should be warm and the other should be hot. Either the sweet will be warm and the syrup hot or vice versa.

 

For the Syrup

In a medium pot put all ingredients except the vanilla extract and bring to boil.

Let it boil for 5 minutes and then turn off the fire.

Pour the vanilla extract.

Remove the cinnamon stick and start throwing the kourkoubínia in batches, letting them 1 minute per batch.

Remove and let them cool for couple of minutes.

You can eat them like this or sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon.

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5.0 from 6 reviews

Kourkoubínia (Little Phyllo Rolls)
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Sweet
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 6 phyllo sheets
  • Corn oil or canola or sunflower oil for brushing the sheets
  • Little water for brushing
  • 2 cups corn oil or canola or sunflower oil for frying the kourkoubínia
For the syrup
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Take one phyllo sheet. The short side should be close to you.
  2. Brush with oil. Not very much.
  3. Brush a strip of water at the very end of the short side of the phyllo that is further from you.
  4. Put the second sheet on top.
  5. Again brush with oil.
  6. Again brush a strip of water at the very end of the short side of the phyllo that is further from you.
  7. Take the side that is close to you and fold so as its edge to go couple of inches before the water strip.
  8. Then start to roll the kourkoubínia.
  9. The pictures here will help you understand the procedure. You may think it is difficult but in reality is very, very easy.
  10. Do the same with the rest of the sheets.
  11. In the end you will have 3 logs.
  12. Cut them in pieces two thumbs long.
  13. Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  14. Put the two cups of oil in high heat.
  15. Take them out of the fridge and fry them in batches until they are golden brown.
  16. Remove and drain from the excessive oil.
  17. Let them cool.
For the Syrup
  1. In a medium pot put all ingredients except the vanilla extract and bring to boil.
  2. Let it boil for 5 minutes and then turn off the fire.
  3. Pour the vanilla extract.
  4. Remove the cinnamon stick and start throwing the kourkoubínia in batches letting them 1 minute per batch.
  5. Remove and let them cool for couple of minutes.
  6. You can eat them like this or sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
In all these Greek phyllo sweets one of the two things should be warm and the other should be hot. Either the sweet will be warm and the syrup hot or vice versa.

5.0 from 6 reviews

Κουρκουμπίνια
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 6 φύλλα κρούστας
  • Αραβοσιτέλαιο ή ηλιέλαιο για το άλλειμα των φύλλων
  • Λίγο νερό για άλλειμα
  • 2 φλ. καλαμποκέλαιο ή ηλιέλαιο για το τηγάνισμα
Για το σιρόπι
  • 1 ½ φλ. ζάχαρη
  • 1 φλ. νερό
  • 1 ξυλάκι κανέλα
  • 2 κ.γ. χυμό λεμονιού
  • ½ κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας ή μία βανιλλίνη

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Πάρτε ένα φύλλο. Η στενή πλευρά πρέπει να είναι μπροστά σας.
  2. Αλείψτε το με λάδι όχι πολύ.
  3. Αλείψτε με λίγο νερό τη στενή πλευρά που είναι απέναντί σας.
  4. Βάλτε το δεύτερο φύλλο από πάνω.
  5. Και πάλι αλείψτε με λάδι.
  6. Και πάλι αλείψτε με λίγο νερό τη στενή πλευρά που είναι απέναντί σας.
  7. Πάρτε την πλευρά που είναι κοντά σας και διπλώστε τη έτσι ώστε να φτάσει 10 εκ. από τη λωρίδα νερού που αλείψατε.
  8. Στη συνέχεια, πάρτε την πλευρά που βρίσκεται προς το μέρος σας και κυλήστε τη μέχρι το τέλος.
  9. Οι εικόνες εδώ θα σας βοηθήσουν να καταλάβετε τη διαδικασία. Μπορεί να νομίζετε ότι αυτό είναι δύσκολο, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα είναι πολύ, πολύ εύκολο.
  10. Κάντε το ίδιο με το υπόλοιπο των φύλλων.
  11. Στο τέλος θα έχετε 3 ρολά.
  12. Τα κόβουμε σε κομμάτια με πάχος περίπου 3 με 4 εκ.
  13. Βάλτε τα στο ψυγείο για 30 λεπτά.
  14. Βάλτε τα δύο φλιτζάνια του λαδιού σε δυνατή φωτιά.
  15. Βγάλτε από το ψυγείο και τηγανίστε τα σε δόσεις, μέχρι να ροδίσουν.
  16. Βγάλτε τα και αφήστε τα να στραγγίσουν.
  17. Αφήστε τα να κρυώσουν.
Για το σιρόπι
  1. Σε μια μέτρια κατσαρόλα βάλτε όλα τα υλικά εκτός από το εκχύλισμα βανίλιας και βάλτε τα να βράσουν.
  2. Αφήστε το να βράσει για 5 λεπτά και σβήστε τη φωτιά.
  3. Χύστε το εκχύλισμα βανίλιας ή τη βανιλλίνη.
  4. Αφαιρέστε το ξυλάκι της κανέλας και αρχίστε να ρίχνετε τα κουρκουμπίνια σε δόσεις, αφήνοντάς τα για 1 λεπτό ανά παρτίδα.
  5. Βγάλτε τα και αφήστε τα να κρυώσουν για μερικά λεπτά.
  6. Μπορείτε να τα πασπαλίσετε και με λίγη κανέλα.
  7. Σε όλα αυτά τα γλυκά τα σιροπιαστά ένα από τα δύο πράγματα πρέπει να είναι ζεστό και το άλλο θα πρέπει να είναι ζεστό. Είτε το γλυκό θα είναι κρύο και το σιρόπι ζεστό ή το αντίστροφο.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Σε όλα αυτά τα γλυκά τα σιροπιαστά ένα από τα δύο πράγματα πρέπει να είναι ζεστό και το άλλο θα πρέπει να είναι ζεστό. Είτε το γλυκό θα είναι κρύο και το σιρόπι ζεστό ή το αντίστροφο.

 

53 Responses to Kourkoubínia (Little Phyllo Rolls)

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  1. G’day! These look terrific! I wish I could try one now!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  3. Those look just wonderful! I can’t wait to try them – thank you for the clear instructions!

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  5. These looks delicious!!! Katerina I nominated you with One Lovely Blog Award:))) Check it out http://leascooking.blogspot.com/2012/07/vegetable-stir-fry-noddles.html

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  7. Gosh, they look so heavenly, Katerina! I know I should do some running after having this treat, but oh it`s so worth it! Phyllo sheet is not common here, but maybe I can use spring roll wrapper instead for this recipe?

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  9. Jiana says:

    xmm delicious! kai einai ta agpmena mou <3

    kisses
    fashionsugarbubbles.blogspot.gr

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  11. Sutapa says:

    Beautiful yummy little parcel….and truly there is no reason for them to stay in plates for long!:) I can ate the whole batch in one go dear!

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  13. What a beautiful thing! they’re like slick, crispy little cigars dripping with gorgeous sauce =D

    Have a great weekend!
    http://thesquishymonster.com
    Twitter @aSquishyMonster

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  15. recipeland says:

    Looks and sounds delicious. Never thought about using phyllo pastry to make something like this, thanks for the inspiration ;)

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  17. My mouth is watering just looking at these crunchy, sweet treats! I’ll bet they were fun to make too. Have a good weekend. :)

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  19. Oh my, those are so good! I bet they melt in your mouth! great job, Katerina. :)

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  21. Miriam says:

    Great idea, they look wonderful!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  23. such a great idea! they look addictive :)

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  25. Catherine says:

    Dear Katerina, These look like delightful treats. I would love to try this soon. Beautiful post! Blessings my dear, your friend, Catherine xo

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  27. ΕΛΕΝΗ says:

    Κατερίνα μου καταπληκτικά!Αχ και έχω πάρα πολύ καιρό να φάω, τέλεια!Μπράβο!!!
    Φιλιά!

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  29. Nadji says:

    Tes petits feuilletés sont magnifiques. On a l’impression qu’ils sont transparents. A tester très vite.
    A bientôt

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  31. These treat looks cute and super yumm with a special glow…Tempting preparation..

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  33. Sissi says:

    These are one of the cutest small sweets I have ever seen. I admire your skills and dexterity!

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  35. Eliot says:

    What a great use for leftover phyllo. These look delicious. I love how that syrup makes them so shiny.

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  37. Yeah they would be gone in minutes, so shinny too :-)

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  39. Susan says:

    I love the crunch of phyllo and these sound sweet and delicious! Great idea.

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  41. What tasty little parcels!

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  43. Kathy says:

    Katerina, These look so wonderful…I don’t think I could only eat one or two! I love the crunchiness of phyllo! Beautiful!

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  45. ping says:

    That’s all there is to it? I love quick and yummy desserts like this … for when that unexpected guest turns up or when I run out of filling ingredients. This is great!

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  47. Oh my! So simple and yet so delicious! I would find it hard to stop at one of these!

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  49. Barbra says:

    I’ve made things with phyllo, but never thought to use the leftovers like this, Katarina! I usually just ake little pies. I love this idea. They are adorable little taste treats!

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  51. Julie says:

    These look melt in your mouth delicious.

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  53. Juliana says:

    Wow Katerina, these are the things that you can never stop eating until they are all gone…love the syrupy and crunchy…I can almost taste it.
    Beautiful pictures as always.
    Hope you are having a great week :)

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  55. Oh these look awesome, love the detailed instructions you have put in…no wonder they finished quickly:-)

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  57. Cucina49 says:

    Those are gorgeous! I always find phyllo a challenge to work with, so appreciate the step by step instructions.

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  59. Katerina, they look fantastic and I know I could never stop at 4. Never :)

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  61. Asmita says:

    This looks fantastic! I could eat all of them in one shot.

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  63. So crunchy and yummy these kourkoubinia look!

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  65. Joanne says:

    Great use of the leftover phyllo! Now I am absolutely craving the sweet syrupy crunch of these!

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  67. Mari says:

    Αχ Κατερίνα ένα μόνο κουρκουμπινάκι ήθελα τώρα!!
    Φιλιά πολλά.

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  69. Peter says:

    I could eat a whole box of Kourkoubines…thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  71. These are so cute and I love how easy it is to make these. I love the syrupy glaze on the phyllo rolls!

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  73. Xara says:

    Hi Katerina, this is an amazing treat!!!I haven’t had them in years..I’ll definitely make them for my hubby’s birthday party this weekend.Thanks for sharing, have a great week!

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  75. Reeni says:

    What lovely little treats Katerina! I will keep them in mind for the next time I am using phyllo. They are irresistible!

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  77. Liz says:

    What a spectacular treat…so simple yet totally tempting and delicious!!!

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  79. Kate says:

    I never know what to do with my leftover phyllo.

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  81. Sandi says:

    Oh my, girl…mouthwatering!

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  83. Marion says:

    Καλά τα κουρκουμπίνια είναι τ αγαπημένα μου.
    Εχω καιρό να τα φάω. Μου τα θύμησες τώρα…
    Ωραίες οι οδηγίες σου Κατερίνα μου

    Καλό μήνα :)
    Φιλιά

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  85. Magda says:

    You are killing me Katerina! I love kourkoubinia but haven’t made them in ages! Now I will. Thanks for the reminder! It’s one of the best ways to use up phyllo.

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  87. Beth says:

    Thanks for the delicious recipe. I feel like I’ve just had a baking lesson!

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  89. Claire says:

    These look so good, I have never thought to fry phyllo and now I need to try this. They would be great for a party, too. I might throw one just to serve these!

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  91. Pela says:

    Καλό μήνα Κατερίνα μου! τα κουρκουμπίνια είναι το αγαπημένο μου σιροπιαστό αλλά δεν έχω επιχειρήσει ποτέ να φτιάξω. ευκαιρία λοιπόν!
    φιλάκια

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  93. Margarita says:

    katerina, these look heavenly and i don’t blame your household for polishing these off… i might do that all by myself. love the cinnamon and lemon combination in the syrup… i can only imagine how wonderful that is!

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  95. Faith says:

    What a delicious treat! I bet these are delicious…I’d be tempted to sprinkle them with a few walnuts!

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  97. CCU says:

    These little parcels of flavour look delicious my friend :D
    Stunning job as always!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  99. olad says:

    they look delicious and you gave us a very useful instruction!

    Blog about life and travelling
    Blog about cooking

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  101. Καλημέρα Κατερίνα μου, καλή εβδομάδα και καλό μήνα!
    Μα που τα θυμήθηκες αυτά τα διαμαντάκια; Απίστευτη έμπνευση είχες! Έχω πολλά χρόνια να φάω, αλλά τα συγκεκριμένα τα αναπολώ πάντα με λαχτάρα!
    Φιλιά!

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