Super easy mini Cheese pies

Sometimes a girl needs her cheese pie. And because that particular day I had no extra time to spare, I came up with a really quick recipe for super easy mini cheese pies. I kid you not, it was 5 pm when I thought of making the pies and by 6 pm we had to leave for our afternoon swimming. Well not only did I make them, but they turned out to be a hit too! Especially with my 1.5 year old as you can see below.

If you ever find yourself in Greece, you have to have a cheese pie.

There are bakeries on every other corner baking bread, savory pies, cream filled fillo pastries and everything in between. In case you are an early riser all the better, just let your nose lead you there. My husband Rob is in love with those pies. Whenever we visit Greece, we are not going anywhere without stopping on the way (sometimes twice…) to get a cheese pie and a coffee. They are cheap, delicious and easy to devour on the go. This is why everyone loves them. Kids love them, and they make a great side addition on your party table. So lets make them!

Making the dough:

Depending on the flour you are using, you might need a little bit more or less to get the consistency right. So start by adding the 1 1/2 cup of the flour together with baking powder in a bowl. Right after add in the yogurt and melted butter. ¬†Mix together by hand until well combined. Now start adding the rest of the flour bit by bit, while kneading. This dough requires very little kneading. When the flour is almost all in, form the dough in a big ball and lift it up with both hands. “Play” a bit with the ball, move it from hand to hand. Does it stick on your skin? If yes, it needs a bit more flour. If it is just at the point where it doesn’t stick, it’s ready! If you have 15 mins to spare, let it rest in the fridge.

To assemble the cheese pies:

First, line a tray with baking paper and grease it with butter.

Have ready a little plate with some flour in, just in case you need it.

Take a small piece of dough, the size of a whole walnut shell. Squeeze it down in between your hands so that it forms a little circle.

 

Forming the dough

 

Put in some feta cheese and squeeze in with your fingers a little bit more than you think it’s ok (some cheese will melt away while baking). So squeeze in with your index fingers and bring together the dough edges with your thumb and middle fingers. Press the dough so that it sticks nicely. Done!

Place the cheese pies on the tray and brush them with beaten egg. Don’t worry if the dough doesn’t look so smooth. Baking will take care of that!

Bake them for 20-25 mins at 190 C / 375 F, The color has to be light golden.

 

Super easy mini Cheesepies

Sometimes a girl needs her cheese pie. And because that particular day I had no extra time to spare, I came up with a really quick recipe for super easy mini cheese pies. Super easy and delicious!

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Keyword cheese, cheese pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 25 pieces

Ingredients

  • 2 1/8 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 70 g butter (2.5 oz)
  • 200 g greek yogurt (7 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 300 g feta cheese (10.5 oz)
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  1. Making the dough:

    Depending on the flour you are using, you might need a little bit more or less to get the consistency right. So start by adding the 1 1/2 cup of the flour together with baking powder in a bowl.

  2. Then add in the yogurt and melted butter. Mix together by hand until well combined.

  3. Add the rest of the flour bit by bit, while kneading. This dough requires very little kneading.

  4. When the flour is almost all in, form the dough in a big ball and lift it up with both hands. "Play" a bit with the ball, move it from hand to hand. If it sticks on your skin it needs a bit more flour. If it is just at the point where it doesn't stick, it's ready!

  5. Let it rest for 15 mins in the fridge (if you don't have the time, you can omit this step)

  6. To assemble the cheese pies:

    Firstly, line a tray with baking paper and grease it with butter.

  7. Take a small piece of dough, the size of a whole walnut shell. Squeeze it down in between your hands so that it forms a little circle.

  8. Put in some feta cheese and squeeze in with your fingers a little bit more than you think it's ok (some cheese will melt away while baking).

  9. Bring together the dough edges with your thumb and middle fingers. Press the dough so that it sticks well together.

  10. Place them on the tray and brush them with beaten egg.

    Bake them for 20-25 mins at 190 C / 375 F, The color has to be light golden.

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