A very thin, light and delicate pastry that is favourably used in Middle Eastern, Greek, and Eastern European cooking. It is available either fresh or frozen and usually ready to use. Despite its delicate texture, it's quite easy to handle.
Use: When using this pastry it's important to remember that it dries out quickly and becomes brittle when exposed to the air. Brush each sheet lightly with butter for sweet and savoury dishes or oil for savoury dishes. They are used for desserts like baklava, nut rolls, cream cheese slices and savoury foods like spanakopita (Greek spinach pie) and chicken pies.