Imagine biting into a warm, fluffy pastry filled with aromatic and spiced goodness – that’s fatayer for you! These savoury stuffed pies are a famous Middle Eastern delight that can be enjoyed as a side or main dish. They’re perfect for brunch, especially when served with a cup of warm mint tea. So, why not treat your taste buds to a delicious and flavorful experience?
For the dough:
· 2 cups – water, lukewarm
· 1 tablespoon – salt
· 2 tablespoons – granulated sugar
· 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
· 1/2 cup – olive oil
· 6 cups – 7 Star All-Purpose Flour
For the meat filling:
· 1/2 cup – onion, diced
· 3 garlic cloves
· 1 small – tomato
· A handful of parsley, coarsely chopped
· 1 pound – ground beef or minced chicken
· 1 tablespoon – Middle Eastern seven spices
· 1 teaspoon – allspice
· 1/2 teaspoon – salt
· 1/4 teaspoon – black pepper
· 1 1/2 teaspoons – chilli paste
How to make
- In a big bowl or your stand mixer’s bowl, mix all the dough ingredients to make a smooth, slightly sticky dough that bounces back when touched. If it’s too sticky, add a bit more flour until it’s easier to handle.
- Split the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll them into balls.
- Put the dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover them, and let them rise for about an hour until they puff up. While you’re waiting, get the fillings ready.
The meat filling
- Put the onion, garlic, tomato, and parsley in a food processor and pulse them until they’re finely chopped.
- Then, strain the mixture and get rid of any extra liquid. After that, mix the chopped veggies with the rest of the filling ingredients really well.
- Cover the mixture and put it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and get three baking sheets ready with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle a little flour on a clean surface. Take one piece of dough at a time and use your hands or a rolling pin to stretch and flatten it into a circle about 4-5 inches wide.
- Put about 3 tablespoons (50g) of the uncooked meat filling in the centre of the circle, spreading it out gently and leaving about 1 inch of dough around the edges.
- Brush the edges of the dough with egg wash and move the fatayer to the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the fatayer in the oven until they turn light brown, which should take about 15-20 minutes.
- Serve the fatayer warm and enjoy!