It’s been a while. And yet again (at least) for me, nothing really changed. Cooking is all around, it takes different forms every now and then, but that’s part of its nature right? So I come back with a big discussion: true love. Does it exist? What is it? Where can you find it? I can see what some people might say. “Get over this stuff my girl, there is no such a thing, true love.” I don’t know about that. I only know how I feel. And I feel true love for baking. And especially baking a dough. Greek sour pies, sweet cakes, desserts, all things with a dough. This recipe here for ‘Bobota’ pie from Kalabaka that my friend Aspasia gave me, has a ‘special’ type of dough, actually there is no dough as we know it but that’s again a true dough characteristic. It can be whatever it wants, as doughs have unique character. That’s why I love them so much.
- 600gr. spinach
- 4 spring onions cut in small pieces
- 2 leeks cut in small pieces
- 1 egg
- 200gr. Feta cheese
- 300gr. corn flour for the base
- 150gr. corn flour for the top
- 150gr. water for the base (you should ‘feel’ the dough and adjust)
- 6tbsp. olive oil
- salt, pepper
- 3tbsp. butter
- extra water (around 100gr.) for the top of the pie
- Preheat the oven in 200 degrees C. and butter up a round pan 28cm (or a different shape pan of similar size).
- Put all chopped greens in a pan with some olive oil and let them sweat and lose most of their water. That should take around 20′. Remove from the stove, let it cool down for 5′ and add the egg and the Feta cheese together with some salt and pepper. Keep aside.
- In a bowl mix the 300gr. of corn flour with the 150gr. of water and some salt. You should get a ‘wet’ corn flour that still crumbles in you hands.
- Put the corn dough in the baking pan and spread it with your hands to cover all the surface of the pan and also the half of the ‘walls’ of the pan. Try to keep the same thickness everywhere. The bottom part should be around half cm thick.
- Spread the spinach on top of the corn base and using a spoon straighten up .
- Pure some water on top of the spinach filling and then sprinkle corn flour until the surface of the spinach is covered. The corn flour should be ‘soaked’ in the water otherwise it will not be baked well.
- Spread pieces of butter on the surface of your pie and bake for almost an hour until it gets a beautiful color and..
- You can add any other filling you want: chicken with peppers, beef with onions, Feta cheese filling with herbs!
- For extra spicy flavor you can add some pepper or spicy paprika in the corn bottom of your pie.
- You can also make mini ‘Bobotes’ using a muffin pan! A great idea for birthday parties and events!