- Makes 16 cheese pies:
- For the dough:
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt (strained yogurt)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- For the filling:
- 2 cups crumbled feta cheese
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- freshly ground pepper to taste
- about 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/4 cup yogurt
For the egg wash: 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water
sesame seeds for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 160 degrees Celsius.
To make the dough combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and whisk well to combine.
In another large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, yogurt, and egg. Whisk well to incorporate all the ingredients.
Slowly add the flour mixture and keep whisking until the mixture thickens.
Mix the rest of the flour in using your hands, Do not over mix or the dough will become tough.
Set aside to rest 5-10 minutes covered with a clean kitchen towel.
To make the filling, combine the feta cheese, mozzarella, yogurt, and the beaten egg. Mix well and add ground pepper. Mix in the fresh mint and dried oregano to combine.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and prepare the egg wash by whisking together the egg yolk with the water until smooth.
Cut the dough into two equal portions. Cut each portion into 8 pieces.
Roll each portion out into a ball.
Gently roll out each ball into a 5 inch round circle. You can do this using your fingertips to press the dough gently out into a circle. Use a rolling pin if you prefer doing it that way but do not add any flour to the dough otherwise it will become dry and tough.
Place a spoonful of the cheese mixture onto the rolled out circles and fold over.
Gently press the edges together to seal.
Place the pies onto a baking sheet. 8 on each tray.
Use a fork to press down the edges to create a decorative design.
Brush the tops of the pies with the egg was and spring some sesame seeds on top.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Halfway through baking, rotate the trays. Place the bottom tray on the top rack and the top tray on the bottom for even baking.