How do you make filo pastry stick together?
If you are shaping filo pastry eg in a mould or to stick to itself, do this quickly before the butter dries and/or the pastry becomes more brittle. Don’t worry if the pastry breaks a little, you can stick it together with the butter or oil as you use it and won’t notice the difference in the end result.
Can you pre make filo parcels?
Phyllo pastry can be prepared ahead of time and covered and refrigerated or frozen and baked just before serving. This method makes phyllo the flakiest. You can sprinkle ingredients between the layers of phyllo or on top before baking.
What is good to serve with spanakopita?
Spanakopita makes a great side dish for large holiday dinners next to lamb or lemon chicken. But it can easily stand alone as the main dish. Serve it with a big salad like Greek salad; Balela; or this Mediterranean chickpea salad, and favorite dips like Greek Tzatziki or Roasted Garlic Hummus.
How long does it take for filo pastry to cook?
Brush the top layer of filo pastry with the last of the melted butter. Lightly score the top of the pie with a sharp knife. Bake it in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the filo pastry crust is a deep golden-brown.
How do you keep phyllo crispy?
Use a pastry brush to brush the phyllo sheets with butter, as it works well to fuse them together. If some are dry in the end, just use a little bit more. Remember to brush thoroughly the top layer with enough butter, to become crispier and nicely colored, and prevent from getting burnt.
How do you keep phyllo from getting soggy?
Open the packaging and unroll the sheets, immediately covering the dough with a clean, damp tea towel. This is needed to keep the dough moist. (Note: keep the dough covered at all times when you are not working with it.
Why is my filo pastry dry?
Filo pastry dries out and cracks very quickly when it comes in contact with air.
Should spanakopita be served warm?
The pastries can be served hot, though the filling can be extremely hot. Alternatively, spanakopita can be served in the traditional Greek way, only slightly warm. Often, Tzatziki sauce, a dip of yogurt, garlic and cucumbers, accompanies spanakopita, though many feel the pastry is rich enough without embellishment.
Can spanakopita be served cold?
Cut spanakopita into squares. Serve warm or cold (reheating instructions in the notes section).