Tuesday, September 6, 2011

my stuffed dough pockets

some days ago i had to think about these dough pockets filled with good stuff i ate in london a long time ago. as i cant remember the name i am now trying to make something similar... here is my first try =)
these are much smaller than the originals i had in mind but you can make them any size you like.
for the dough you will need:
2,5 cups flour (whatever kind you like)
2 tsp. yeast (or half a package)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup. warm water
1/4 cup sugar (if you want them to be sweet)
1/2 tsp. salt
a bit of olive oil
1 egg or 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of hot water 

for the filling:
salt & pepper
basil pesto or a lot of fresh herbs
your favorite cheese (i used white bulgarian cheese)
some onions
OR
some slightly cooked vegetables
OR
something sweet like chocolate spread.

instructions:
  1.  dissolve the 2 tsp. (or 1/2 packet) of yeast in 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 tsp. sugar. Let stand about 10 minutes.
  2. mix 2,5 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar (optional), and a pinch of salt. add about a tablespoon of olive oil and the water/yeast mixture. if it is too dry add about one tablespoon of water at a time. knead until the dough is smooth (about 7-8 minutes).
  3. cover and place in a warm spot for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size. 
  4. preheat oven to 180°C/450F.
  5. when dough has doubled in size, roll it out very thin and cut roundish shapes out of it. give some of your filling in the middle of the shapes you cut, close them and mark the edges with a fork. you could use just about anything to stuff these little pockets. let them sit for 10 min.
  6.  mix the egg in a small bowl, add some salt and olive oil and cover your little pockets with the mixture (so they will get a nice golden colour) OR mix together 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 cups of hot water. when the baking soda has dissolved, dunk the proofed pockets one at a time, and set them back onto the sheet tray. brush each pocket with some olive oil and a tiny bit of mustard, and lightly dust each pretzel with some salt.
  7. Bake at 180°C/450F until they are golden brown.  
  8. enjoy! 

2 comments:

Lauren said...

Those look great! Thanks for the recipe.

miriyummy said...

Looks great! I see you use whole wheat flour, excellent! I'm going to try this with Tzfatit and thyme.