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Croatian Apple Burek

Croatian Apple Burek are quick and easy apple hand pies. Croatia's most popular street food!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: desserts
Cuisine: Croatian
Servings: 8 people



  • 1 lb apples
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 phyllo sheets
  • ½ cup melted butter

Cinnamon Sugar Ingredients:

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • Peel, core and thinly slice the apples.
  • In a large bowl, combine the apples, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine. Leave for at least 10 minutes.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.
  • Meanwhile, let’s get out phyllo ready.
  • Roll out phyllo sheets on a flat surface and cover with a damp towel.
  • On a work surface, carefully lay out one sheet of phyllo.
  • Gently brush with melted butter, paying special attention to the edges.
  • Lay another layer of phyllo on top and repeat the process.
  • Lay one more layer of phyllo on top and repeat the process again.
  • Cut the sheets into 4 equal strips by making 3 cuts vertically along the sheets.
  • Place a portion of apples approximately ½ cup on the edge of each strip, filling up approximately ¼ of each strip.
  • Fold over diagonally to form a triangle and keep on repeating until the whole strip is folded into a triangle.
  • Place on prepared cookie sheet and repeat for the other 3 strips.
  • Repeat the whole process again, until you have 8 triangles.
  • In a small bowl, make the cinnamon sugar by combining the ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Brush the tops with a little more melted butter.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.


Defrost phyllo in the refrigerator overnight so the phyllo can be ready to use.


Serving: 1g