Parsley & feta pies

Parsley & feta pies

Pogça

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Turkish Meze
Makes
20-25
Photographer
Alicia Taylor

Turkish ladies love baking, and every Turkish lady has her own version of pogça. These delicious pies are so easy to prepare, and are fantastic for breakfast or lunch; you can also slip them into kids’ lunchboxes, like my Mama used to do. They can also be frozen to keep on hand.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
50g butter, melted
125ml olive oil
60g Yogurt
2 eggs, separated
450g plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
150g feta, crumbled
15g finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds or nigella seeds, (see note)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix the melted butter in a bowl with the olive oil, yoghurt and egg whites.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and a pinch of sea salt, then knead the mixture in the bowl until the dough feels like your earlobe. Cover the dough and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Mix together the feta and parsley and set aside.
  5. Break off small pieces of the dough and roll them into walnut-sized balls. Using your fingertips, or a rolling pin, flatten them into 10 cm rounds, about 5 mm thick.
  6. Put about 2 tablespoons of the feta mixture in the middle of each round. Fold the dough into half-moons and pinch the edges together with your fingers.
  7. Lightly stir the egg yolks with a fork, then brush over the pies to glaze them. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds or nigella seeds, or both if you must.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
  9. Serve hot, or cold — if you can resist them while they’re hot!

Note

  • Nigella seeds look like tiny black sesame seeds. They have a unique aromatic flavour, and are often sprinkled over baked goods. You’ll find them in spice shops.
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