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Cheese pasties with Xynomizíthra

Note: it makes 16-20 pasties or 4 larger pasties
Course: Pies, Snack
Cuisine: Greek

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 250 gr plain flour
  • 125 gr butter cold and cubed
  • A pinch of salt

For the filling

  • 150 gr of savoury mizithra
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
  • A binch of dried mint
  • 1 egg yolk for brushing
  • Sesame seeds or poppy seeds for décor optional

Instructions

  • Start with the shortcrust pastry. Use a large mixing bowl to sieve the flour in, add a pinch of salt and throw in the cubes of butter. Roughly mix with the tips of your fingers until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. You will need a splash or two of water to bring it together.
  • After a few minutes, transfer it on your kitchen worktop and knead gently into a firm dough. Once happy with the consistency, wrap on cling film and rest in the fridge.
  • Rest it for 30 minutes, Meanwhile you can make the filling.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cheese, yogurt and herbs. Combine the ingredients, add in the egg and mix it a bit more. You can add a bit of pepper but as the mizithra is quite savoury, you won’t need salt much like when you use feta cheese. Once the filling is ready, leave aside to roll out the shortcrust pastry.
  • Sprinkle a bit of flour on a clean surface. Cut half the dough, warm it a bit in your hands if too cold and then flatten it with the ball of your hand. Let the rolling pin rotate as you push it and turn it around as well. It shouldn’t be much thinner than 1-2 mm or it will break when folded.
  • Cut in 6cm discs (you can use any glass to do this) and add a teaspoon of filling right in the middle. Lift one side to the top to cover the filling and press down with a fork to close the pastry into small halfmoons.
  • If you are a bit impatient with rolling, this dose will make four rectangular pieces instead of the smaller bites.
  • Transfer on a baking tray, brush with some egg yolk and sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds.
  • Bake on 180C fan assisted oven or gas mark 6 for 20-25 minutes.