One of the ancient axioms of dinner parties is this: Do not make a recipe for the first time when you have guests coming over. But some recipes are an exception, like this one, which I tested for the first time on a full table of guests. They loved its layers of shatteringly crisp phyllo, the light swirls of yogurt, and the filling of chopped raisins, honey, and pistachios — rather like a lighter, deconstructed baklava.
And I loved it too, because every one of those fancy-sounding components can be made days ahead. To serve this pretty dessert, all you need to do is stack it up and hand it over.