Prep 45 mins
Cook 50 mins
from my Cookbook "Let's eat Greek".. these are sooo good!!
For the patty
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
For the filling
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 leeks, white part plus 2 inches of the green,sliced to inch pieces
- 1 1⁄2 cups juicy black olives, like kalamata,pitted and halved
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts (optional)
- 2⁄3 cup parsley, chopped
- 1⁄3 cup of fresh mint, chopped
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, to sprinkle
- Dilute the yeast in ½ cup warm water.
- Place the flour in the bowl of a food processor equipped with dough hooks.
- Add the salt and with the motor running, pour in the yeast mixture, the lemon juice, olive oil and the rest of the water, as needed.
- Process for about one minute, to get a smooth dough that forms a ball in the processor.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and shape into a ball.
- Place in an oiled bowl, cover and let rise for about 35 minutes, until doubled.
- Take cupful pieces of dough and flatten them with a rolling pin or your hands, to make saucer size disks.
- Let them stand, while you prepare the filling.
- Warm the oven to 200C.
- In a skillet warm the olive oil and saute the onions and leeks, until soft and transparent.
- Add the olives, pine nuts, parsley and mint and remove from the heat.
- Season with pepper and taste to adjust the seasoning.
- To fill the little pies, put two tablespoons of the filling on each disk of dough, brush the borders with a little water and fold them in half, to cover the filling and obtain pillow like little pies.
- Brush with a little milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if you like.
- Bake for about 45 minutes, until golden brown.
- Let them cool on a rack, and serve them warm or cold.
- NOTE: You can make the pies bite size with walnut size pieces of dough or you can make a whole round or square pie, dividing the pastry in two and using half for the bottom and half for the top of the pan, spreading the filling evenly in between.