At times, even I get bored with spanakopita! Yes it's true! Lately I've wanted to get creative with traditional Greek recipes and bring a little "oomph" to them. So...out with spanakopita (for the time being) and in with the scrolls. Whilst flicking through the April edition of Delicious magazine I came across a recipe for blue cheese and pecan scrolls. I immediately loved the whole concept of this and decided to change the ingredients by substituting feta, spinach and walnuts. What a hit! They were wonderful served warm as a snack with coffee and perfect for a quick breakfast the next morning.
I also made my own pastry again. It was quite simple actually and even I was surprised at the ease of this. Buttery, flaky and very delicious! And all made in the food processor. Once I rolled out the pastry, I spread it with my spinach and cheese mixture and freshly crushed walnuts. I rolled it up into a log and cut it into slices. Brushed with a little egg and baked for 15 mins...voila! Freshly baked scrolls.
(adapted from the April 2009 edition of Delicious magazine)
For the pastry:
- 2 cups of self raising flour
- 1 tsp of caster sugar
- 80 grams of chilled, chopped good quality butter
- 1/2 a cup of milk
Place all ingredients except milk into a food processor and whizz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Tip this mixture into a bowl and add the milk and mix thoroughly with a fork until it forms a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes, until it's quite smooth Shape into a 35 x 20 cm rectangle.
For the filling:
- 2 big bunches of freshly chopped spinach, quickly blanched and squeezed of any excess water. (makes approx 150 grams)
- 1 cup of crumbled feta
- 1 egg
- half a cup of grated Romano cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup of crushed walnuts
Place all the ingredients, excluding the walnuts in a food processor and whizz until you have a nice, creamy paste.
Spread the spinach mixture on the freshly rolled dough and spread the walnuts evenly on top. Roll the dough up until it resembles a log, making sure to seal it with a little beaten egg on the final roll. Place the roll into a refrigerator and allow it chill for 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C. Gently transfer the roll onto a cutting board and using a lightly floured serrated knife cut into 2cm thick slices. Arrange the slices on a baking tray, leaving a little room between them to allow for spreading during cooking. Brush a little egg on the top and sides and bake for 15 mins until golden.