Monday, December 10, 2007

Pogaça (savory pastries)

½ cup butter
1 lb. Feta cheese
½ cup olive oil
2 eggs
½ cup warm water
4 tbsp fresh or dried mint
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp oregano (to taste

1 egg, lightly beaten
Sesame seeds, as garnish

Cooking Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make the filling: crumble the cheese in a bowl or mash it with a fork. Add the eggs and mint and mix well. Season with pepper, if desired.

Make the dough: melt the butter but don’t let it bubble. Remove it from the heat and add the oil and warm water. Gradually add the flour, mixing with a wooden spoon. The dough will be very soft and should not stick to the sides of the bowl.

Take a piece of dough and roll it into a ball about the size of a golf ball. Make balls of dough until you have used all the dough. To fill the dough, pat a ball into a thin round about 3” in diameter. Place a teaspoonful of filling in the center of each round and fold the round in half, forming a half-moon. Using the tines of a fork, seal the edges securely.
To bake, place the pastries on ungreased baking sheets and brush them with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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