OSSETIAN CHEESE AND SPINACH PIES
serves / 4
1½ cups bakers flour
1 cup kefir
1 tsp instant dried yeast
½ tsp fine salt
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
6 green shallots, finely chopped
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch silverbeet, chopped
Sea salt flakes and freshly-ground black pepper
1 cup feta, crumbled
½ bunch dill, finely chopped
Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Combine bakers flour, kefir, yeast and fine salt in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat with the dough hook for 5 minutes, until very smooth. Cover with cling film and set aside for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
2. Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan and fry the shallots and garlic for 5 minutes, then mix in the silverbeet and cook until wilted. Transfer to a colander and set aside to cool. Season with salt and pepper, then mix in the feta, dill, zest and juice.
3. Divide the dough in two, roll each out to a 40cm disc, then place the silverbeet mixture in the centres. Fold the doughs over to enclose, then twist to seal. Flip over, then flatten to make 20cm squares. Place on a lined baking sheet, make small incisions in the centre. Stand for 10 minutes. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and crisp.