Pumpkin triangles

Pumpkin triangles

Filas de balkabak

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From
Hazana
Makes
32 pastries
Photographer
Mowie Kay

Filas are paper-thin pastries that the Sephardim adopted from the Turks and made their own, filling them with cheese, spinach, aubergine or pumpkin. Filas are usually small and triangular, but can also be made as one large pie.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 large sheets fresh or thawed frozen filo pastry
extra virgin olive oil, for brushing

For the filling

Quantity Ingredient
500g cooked pumpkin, blended to a puree
100g feta or beyaz peynir (turkish white cheese), mashed with a fork
50g freshly grated parmesan or kashkaval cheese
1 egg, beaten

Method

  1. To make the filling, place the pumpkin puree, feta, parmesan and egg in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Cut the filo pastry into strips about 30cm x 10cm. Place them in a pile and cover with a cloth to prevent them drying out. Take one strip of filo and brush lightly with olive oil. Place a tablespoon of the filling at the bottom end of the pastry strip. Carefully lift up the right-hand corner and fold over to make a triangle. Brush lightly with olive oil, then fold over again and again until you have reached the top of the pastry strip. Repeat with the remaining filo pastry and filling.
  3. Place the filled pastry triangles on greased baking sheets and brush the tops lightly with olive oil. Bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 20–25 minutes or until crisp and golden.
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