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Phyllo Ice Cream Cups with Summer Fruit

Phyllo Ice Cream Cups with Summer Fruit
For a fun, unfussy finale to an outdoor party, fill baked phyllo dough cups with strawberry ice cream and sliced fresh strawberries. Other ice cream and fruit combinations, such as vanilla with peaches or apricots, can also be used.

Ingredients:

  • 4 sheets phyllo dough, each about 12 by 16
      inches, thawed if frozen
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 quarts strawberry ice cream
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • Whipped cream for serving (optional)
  • Sliced peaches for serving (optional)

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 325°F. Butter a 12-cup standard or nonstick muffin pan.

Lay 1 phyllo sheet on a piece of waxed paper or aluminum foil. Brush thoroughly with some of the melted butter. Top with the remaining 3 sheets, brushing each one with some of the butter. Cut the stack of sheets into pieces about 4 inches square so you have 12 layered squares in all. Tuck each layered square into a prepared muffin cup, pressing it in gently with your fingertips.

Bake until the cups are crisp and golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand until cool enough to handle. Then remove from the muffin cups and let cool completely on wire racks.

Just before serving, place each cup on a dessert plate. Fill each cup with a scoop of ice cream and top with sliced strawberries. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a peach slice, and serve immediately.
Serves 12.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Casual Outdoor Dining, by Georgeanne Brennan (Time-Life Books, 1998).