Category: Entertainer's Snacks

Spinach Pies

Makes: 8 Spinach pies
Oven: 200 °C / 400 °F
Preparation Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
Baking Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Ingredients:
500 g Cake flour (4 x 250 ml / 4 cups)
5 ml Sugar (1 tsp)
45 g Margarine (3 tbsp)
10 g Anchor Instant Yeast (1 packet)
300 ml Lukewarm water (approx. 1¼ cup)
1   Bunch spinach, washed and cooked
50 g Grated cheese (125 ml / ½ cup)
    Salt and pepper to taste
Method:
  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together, then rub the margarine into the flour with the fingertips. Add the Anchor Instant Yeast and mix.
  2. Add enough lukewarm water to form a soft dough and knead the dough well until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  3. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface, cover with greased plastic and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Knock the dough down and roll out, with a rolling pin, about 5 mm (¼ inch) thick.
  5. Place a saucer on top of the dough and cut out 8 circles. Place your favourite filling on the one half of each circle, wet the edge of the circle with water and fold the other half over the filling.
  6. Using a fork, seal the pies by pressing down around the edge of the dough. Then using the fork, make holes on top of the pie and around the edge.
  7. Place pies onto a greased baking tray, cover with greased plastic and allow to rise in a warm place until double the size, about 15 minutes.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 °C / 400 °F for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush with melted margarine for a shiny crust.

Variation:

Fillings can be changed according to your taste and the ingredients you have available. Here are some tasty suggestion

  • Mix 250 ml (1 cup) chopped polony and 250 ml (1 cup) atchaar.

      OR

  • Vegetables and season to taste with salt, pepper and 5 ml (1 tsp) curry powder.

      OR

  • For a meat pie, add 250 ml (1 cup) of fried mince meat, together with your choice of vegetables. Season to taste.