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INDIVIDUAL CHEESE PIES WITH HOMEMADE KOUROU DOUGH: TIROPITAKIA KOUROU

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

1

For the egg wash: 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water

2

sesame seeds for garnish

3

​Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 160 degrees Celsius.

4

​To make the dough combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and whisk well to combine.

5

​In another large mixing bowl, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, yogurt, and egg. Whisk well to incorporate all the ingredients.

6

​Slowly add the flour mixture and keep whisking until the mixture thickens.

7

​Mix the rest of the flour in using your hands, Do not over mix or the dough will become tough.

8

​Set aside to rest 5-10 minutes covered with a clean kitchen towel.

9

​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.

10

​Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and prepare the egg wash by whisking together the egg yolk with the water until smooth.

11

​Cut the dough into two equal portions. Cut each portion into 8 pieces.

12

Roll each portion out into a ball.

13

​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.

14

​Place a spoonful of the cheese mixture onto the rolled out circles and fold over.

15

​Gently press the edges together to seal.

16

​Place the pies onto a baking sheet. 8 on each tray.

17

Use a fork to press down the edges to create a decorative design.

18

​Brush the tops of the pies with the egg was and spring some sesame seeds on top.

19

​Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

20

Halfway through baking, rotate the trays. Place the bottom tray on the top rack and the top tray on the bottom for even baking.

21

​Serve warm.

22

​Enjoy!

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