There are a lot of recipes out there with yeast to help the pastry rise slightly but this does not need that, or the long waiting time. Just self raising flour will do.
I made these the other night for my husband because we really wanted to eat some Arabic food and i thought i would make him something that we would normally only have when we were out. I have to say that i liked these so much more than any other restaurant. They were juicy, fluffy, full of flavour and i could eat 10 of these without having a waiter give me strange look......
These are lamb based with an infusion of spices that will literally just bounce around your mouth. I know the list might seem long for ingredients, but trust me it take about 6 minutes to get both the pastry done and the meat mix.
400g Self raising flour
80g cold butter
1 teaspoon of salt
1 egg yolk
40 ml water
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
1 tablespoon of chilli flakes
400g lamb mince
1/2 onion grated
2 cloves of garlic grated
1 apple cored and grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
1 bunch of fresh cut parsley
1 Tablespoon pomegranate molasses
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1 teaspoon of crushed chillies
1-2 teaspoons of salt
Pomegranate seeds to decorate
- To make the pastry, mix the flour and butter to create a breadcrumb effect
- Add the egg yolk, yoghurt and water and combine.
- Before it has all come together add the chilli and the cumin seeds and knead the dough till it is slightly smooth.
- Place in the fridge till you need it.
- Mix all the spice, garlic and onions together and add the meat. Combine it all well and set aside.
- Remove your pastry from the fridge and on a floured surface, place your pastry and cut into 3.This just helps you with control of the dough.
- Roll the dough out and until you have reached a thickness of 1/2 cm.
- Cut out 8cm circles and set them on a baking tray.This recipe should make 24 and you will have some pastry left over from cutting which you can use as well.
- Place the meat mix in the center and begin by pinching in the sides.
- Pinch once side and then another and another till you have reached a star shape, or even more so, a diamond shape!
- Brush the pastry with en egg yolk to give colour while cooking.
- Bake at 200 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.
- If you find this too difficult, then you can just roll out up to 6-8 small pizza shaped ones, which are just as authentic and delicious. I did both.
This is great for a get together and when you just want to chill out with a no fuss dinner. One of my all time favourites.