Scratch Made Phyllo Dough

Yes, phyllo dough is hard to make and very time consuming, but I found a trick!! I wanted to share with those of you who have a hard time making phyllo, or those who haven’t tried yet.

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Phyllo Dough Recipe


  • 2 2/3 cups of unbleached flour
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1 cup of warm water, if you need more add a few more tablespoons
  • 4 tablespoons of Greek olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • Rolling pin (Preferably thin.)


  1. Place 2 cups of flour in a mixing bowl, and make a well in the center. Drizzle olive oil, salt, vinegar, and warm water.
  2. Mix until the dough comes together. Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. Kneading should take around 5 minutes.
  3. Place dough in plastic wrap and set aside for 2 hours.
  4. Divide dough into 18- 20 balls. (Place balls onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper, and covered with a slightly damp towel.
  5. Have your cornstarch ready. Make sure you have LOTS of counter space to roll out the phyllo dough!!
  6. Let’s first talk about the rolling pin. I am not talking about the rolling pin we use to make pie crusts. I am talking about a rolling pin that is half that size and is only for phyllo dough making. I have included a link here to the exact rolling pin you need. >> Rolling Pin
  7. Prepare your first sheet of phyllo. Lightly dust your work surface to prevent the dough from sticking. Completely roll out the dough, until it forms a translucent effect. This part is very IMPORTANT, because if you do not roll it out super thin, then your dough will not turn out when it bakes. (You want your phyllo to be around 13 inches in diameter.)
  8. When you get your dough as thin as you possibly can set aside on a baking sheet, making sure they are well floured. Now, make sure that you place a damp cloth over the already made phyllo sheets, to prevent them from drying out. Continue to roll out dough until you have around 20 sheets.

**When ready to use phyllo sheets, follow the recipe and make sure to brush phyllo with butter or olive oil.

You can refrigerate or freeze the phyllo dough if you like. Simply place sheets onto parchment paper, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.

Now you can make, Baklava, Tiropita, or Spanakopita! Whatever your heart desires. πŸ™‚

~This is what our baklava looked like with the homemade phyllo dough. πŸ™‚


Kali Orexi!!


    • and IF I use salt, it is sea salt. IF I use pepper I prefer cracked pepper, and as to flour there is a product called Gaganis Bros flour which is as close to perfect as I have seen.

      • Bravo sou!
        My preferred salt is pink Himalayan, and cracked pepper is always best to use.
        I make my own organic spices and teas so we are huge fans of fresh everything in my kitchen. πŸ™‚
        Thanks for all your comments!

      • I use baking soda and baking powder instead of vinegar. It took a long time to get my rolling technique down. I use 2 different rollers. I start with a classic rolling pin, and then I use a French rolling pin to get it real thin. I have looked everywhere for a thin long Greek pin, but haven’t been able to find one. My Yiayia used to make her dough homemade, and I’m so happy I can recreate it. It is nice to know there are other people still making their own dough. It is so different from the store bought. Great post! Have a happy weekend πŸ˜€

      • Interesting! I have heard of baking powder but haven’t tried it. Apple cider vinegar works for me.

        Yes I know people in Greece who use the very skinny roller which I use.

        Thank you for enjoying my post! Really happy to hear you make your own. Thank you for sharing your technique. I will have to try that out sometime. πŸ™‚

        Polla polla filia! Kalo Mina. πŸ™‚

  1. That is how i make my phyllo also, Krystina, but all by hand.
    Try corn flour next time instead of flour. Works much better.

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