Pita od Visnja

14 Aug

Pita od visnja (Serbian style sour cherry strudel).

Pita od Visnja is a Serbian style cherry strudel. It is traditionally made with pickled sour cherries and phyllo. Thank you to Lillian for sharing her recipe.

  • about 10 sheets of phyllo pastry
  • 1 jar (776 mL) of sour pitted cherries, drained well
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup carbonated water
  • 1/2 canola oil
  • 1/4 plain bread crumbs
  • 1 cup icing sugar

Phyllo and sour cherries.

Line a baking pan with parchment or aluminum foil. Spread a thin layer of oil onto the foil or parchment. Unwrap two sheets of phyllo and lay on top of the baking dish. Place a few cherries (10 to 15) near the edge of the phyllo length wise. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsps of brown sugar over the cherries. Sprinkle 2 to 3 tbsps of bread crumbs over the cherries and brown sugar. (The bread crumbs will absorb the liquids that are released from the cherries during baking and prevent soggy pastries.) Roll the phyllo closed and tuck in the edges. Repeat until baking sheet is full or the cherries run out.

Pita od visnja unbaked and uncut.

Precut pita od visnja, ready for the oven.

Drizzle oil over the top of the phyllo and  also sprinkle about 1 to 2 tbsps of carbonated water on top of the phyllo. This helps the phyllo to puff up.  If so desired, cut the phyllo (almost to the bottom) before baking. This will help separate the pieces during serving.

Pita right after it has been removed from the oven. Leave in the oven for 2 or 3 more minutes if you like your pita od visnja more golden brown and crispy.

Bake in a preheated 400 ºC oven for 10 to 12 minutes. The phyllo will begin to brown near the edges. Leave in longer if you prefer extra crispy golden brown phyllo. Immediately after removing from the oven, dust a generous amount of icing sugar over the baked pita.  Let cool for a few minutes before separating pieces and serving.

A generous dusting of icing sugar over the pita.

TIP: Work quickly as phyllo sheets dry out quickly.

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4 Responses to “Pita od Visnja”

  1. mydearbakes August 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM #

    Awww, the pictures here are making me hungry! lol

    • anchow August 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM #

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. R Taylor August 28, 2012 at 8:51 AM #

    This makes my mouth water just imagining the taste of pickled sour cherries. Your recipe will be a favorite in my house!

    • anchow August 28, 2012 at 2:33 PM #

      Thank you! Happy eating.

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