How to make a greek pie

How to make a greek pie

The steps demonstrate the preparation of a traditional zucchini pie. Hints for making successful pies are provided in this post.

Small tips for successfull pies

  • Hard wheat flour from village makes the best sheet.
  • You will not make the perfect sheet on your first try. Keep trying. You will soon find out your own secrets.
  • The right thin rolling-pin can be found at open-air markets, and at Athinas Street, in those little stores selling hangers and mortars.
  • We can spread many sheets and preserve them in the freezer, wrapping each one separately in plastic wrap. A few minutes defrosting before usage is enough.
  • The sheet “loves” oil. Spray some on it before you put in the oven. Corn-oil makes the end result much crunchier.
  • Never expect a tastier result with ready-made pastry sheet.
  • We never cover our pie after taking it out of the oven – we want to preserve the pastry crispy.
  • Spinach-pies with frozen spinach do not have the taste of the fresh vegetable. During the summer, we can replace frozen spinach with fresh blite.
  • You can spread any remaining dough in little round pieces, add some oil, oregano and ground cheese, thus creating lovely tiny home-made pizzas.

Demonstration

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Step 1: Using a thin rolling pin start rolling out the filo sheets.   

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Step 2: Place each filo sheet into the baking pan. A round baking pan is better than a rectangular one because it is easier to spread the dough and shape it into a circle than shape it into a rectangular.  So if you are an amateur in the process of rolling traditional filo for pies start with round pans.

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Step 3: Always baste with oil each filo sheet you are using. Oil makes filo sheets crunchy. Also if you sprinkle the filo with drops of water helps becoming the filo crunchy. 

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Step 4: You should have prepared the mixture, which you will spread into the baking pan on top of the bottom sheets. The mixture in the picture is for a zucchini pie 

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Step 5: Fold the parts of the filo sheets which come up above the baking pan. Baste them with oil. 

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Step 6: Add the remaining top filo sheets and oil them. 

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Step 7: Score the top filo sheets of the pie into pieces. Sprinkle pie with water in order to make the filo more crusty.

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Step 8: Bake until pie is ready and filo crunchy.

 

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