I wasn't thinking about preparing any spinach pie, i just opened my fridge for the nth time and saw a bunch of spinach staring straight at me. Bang on!! Within a few minutes i was all set to go. This pie,apart from being real pleasing to the eye, tastes pretty good too...my husband isnt much fond of sweet baked items but if its something like this,would be finished in a matter of few minutes..
Before we get baking, as beautiful and difficult it looks,it isnt,having some amount of patience will really help though...:D
Start by preparing the dough. This is like an all purpose dough, can be used for pizza, bread and anything which calls for it. I have used a mix of all purpose flour and whole wheat flour.
This is how it will look after 15 minutes,now add the remaining flour and knead into a soft dough. It takes 10-15 minutes by hand.
Cut sides with a sharp knife.
Now just pinch the cut edges.
Give the egg white wash. Sprinkle some poppy seeds and pine nuts at centre.
Bake for 30 minutes or till it turns brown.
Now who will not be impressed with this??? I managed to shock to everyone!!
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 packet dry yeast
pinch of salt
2 tsps olive oil
1 tsp sugar
A bunch of spinach
2 green chillies
bread crumbs 5 tsps
1 egg yolk
Mix all pupose flour with warm water,yeast ,salt ,sugar and olive oil. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Add whole wheat flour and knead the dough well by hands for atleast 12-15 minutes. Allow it to rise for 30-45 minutes or till it doubles. Knead the dough again and allow for second rise. Divide the dough into two circles. Steam or boil spinach,squeeze out the excess water,add ricotta cheese,seasonings, all masalas,egg yolk,bread crumbs and mix well. Place the mixture as shown in the picture and follow rest of the steps. At last give an egg wash. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 30 minutes or until brown.
Traditionally only spinach and cheese filling is used,but being an indian adding some masalas is my birth right!!