Tiropitakia (small feta pies)

A Savoury-dish recipe, by Gina Lioti.

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25-30 pieces
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Here’s why you’re going to love this

They are particularly great as an appetizer, in which case you can serve them with a little home made tzatziki or even a little mustard. Or just serve them with a few basil leaves; they really enhance the flavour of the pies.

Ingredients

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Pastry ingredients:

Filling ingredients:

Glaze ingredients:

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan and on medium heat, melt the butter. Add the milk and sea salt and stir until salt dissolves. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool down a little, until it reaches 30-37 degrees Celsius.
  2. Proof the yeast; add it to the milk and butter mixture and give it a brief whisk with a fork, then let it stand for ten minutes.
  3. In a large or electric mixer bowl , add the sunflower oil and egg. Mix until combined, then slowly add the yeast and milk mix. Mix again, until combined.
  4. Add the flour, little by little, mixing it with the rest, until your dough is soft and bouncy (if using electric mixer, use the dough hook). The texture you are looking for is smooth, non-sticky but still soft. The dough is a little tricky to make, but don't worry, you don't have to have it exactly right. What matters is that you can make a non-sticky ball and then be able to press and expand it, without breaking the dough.
  5. Cover the dough with a towel and set it aside to rise while you prepare the filling.
  6. In a different bowl, mix the feta, eggs and black pepper together, until they form a semi-smooth mix. It is a matter of preference, of course, but I prefer the mixture to be mostly smooth with little crumbles of feta at places. You might prefer it crumblier or smoother, though.
  7. Preheat your oven at 180 degrees.
  8. Roll the dough in small balls, about the size of a meat ball, or a little larger if you prefer them fluffier.
  9. In a small plate, flatten the dough with your fingertips making it as thin as possible, while maintaining its evenness, as much as you can. At this point it is much easier to use a rolling pin, but you can can do it without one, too.
  10. Fill a heaping teaspoon with the filling mixture and place it in the middle of your dough.
  11. Fold over making sure the filling is sealed in the dough. You can use the back side of a fork to press the edges or simply press with your fingers.
  12. Put the pastries in a baking dish, leaving small spaces between them, as they will need space to rise a little. You can use baking sheets and/or parchment paper.
  13. Glaze with a beaten egg and place them in the oven, until they become gold. You can sprinkle with poppy seeds on top of the egg glaze, before you put them in the oven.

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