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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baked Pies

Flour - 4 cups
Yoghurt - 4 tblspns
Yeast - 1 tblspn
Warm water - 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 1 tspn
Olive oil - 1tblspn + enough for brushing

Method: Add yeast to 1/2 a cup of lukewarm water along with a pinch of sugar. Stir well and let it rest for 5 -10 mins till it rises. Meanwhile add 4 cups of all purpose flour to the processor, add salt, pulse once or twice so that the salt gets nicely mixed in the flour. Now add yoghurt and baking powder and pulse again., Pour in the yeast solution little by little while pulsing. Finally add the olive oil, and pulse again 2 or 3 times till the dough starts spinning. If the dough is dry, sprinkle a little more water and pulse again. The dough should be soft and spongy and a little bit gooey. Remove from the processor, form into a ball and let it rise in a covered greased bowl for atleast 2 hrs. The dough is now ready for making pies. Take small balls of dough shape them in the form of a circle with your palms and toast them on one side in a griddle or frying pan. Spread a mixture of olive oil and zavtar and keep it on broil for 3 - 4 mins till the pies are nicely done. You can use any kind of topping for these pies like meat mixture, cheese, veggies etc. You can even spread the dough on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the top with olive oil and keep it in the lowest wrack of the oven for 10 mins and once the bottom is a bit brown, put it on broil for another 2- 3 mins till it is golden brown. Enjoy these with your favourite dips.