This month's BBB recipe was all about mahlab. Well, maybe not ALL about mahlab. These wonderful pies are stuffed with spinach, goats' cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries and onions. The outer crust is made with yeast, whole wheat and all-purpose flours, ground flax seed, a tiny bit of sugar and spiced with mahlab (the inner core of the cherry pit). The pies are seriously good.
Mahlep (aka mahlep, mahalab, mahleb, mahaleb, mahalep, mahlepi, machlepi or makhlepi) is available in stores that sell Middle Eastern spices. Apparently, once opened, the powdered version deteriorates rather quickly. We put ours in the freezer to preserve it as best we can. (Malhab is also delicious in Armenian-style sweet buns stuffed with dates and pecans)
First shape the dough into 12 balls about the size of golf balls and let them rest for 30 minutes. Then roll each ball out into a thin round (about 5 inches in diameter). Put a spoonful of filling in the center. Brush the outer edges with water. Imagine that the round is a compass and fold NE, NW and S towards the center to form a triangle, pinching the edges shut well. (This shaping method is very similar to the one for making Hamantaschen.)
Pinch the edges shut well. As soon as they are shaped, place them on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake them in a 375 oven til golden. (Brush them with olive oil or butter first, if you remember.)
Mmmmm... spinach pie!
We didn't have quite enough spinach filling for all the dough so made some plum pies with some tart plum jam. When I started shaping them, I imagined that I would be closing up the edges so made them four cornered. But the jam was so loose that it kept wanting to spill out. These plum tarts were fantastic with plain yoghurt.
If you know where your mittens are, then you shall have some pie!
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