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A take on a Middle Eastern ‘boureka’, these little pastries are packed with flavour. They’re great to batch cook and keep in the freezer. Simply bake as and when you need them – very handy for busy new parents or when friends unexpectedly pop round to coo at your baby!

Ingredients

Meat option

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 325g minced lamb
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon
  • 100g baby leaf spinach
  • 100g feta cheese
  • 75g raisins, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 rolls of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 2-3tsps of poppy or sesame seeds

Veggie option

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4tsp cinnamon
  • 150g baby leaf spinach
  • 80g feta cheese
  • 80g ricotta cheese
  • 75g raisins, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 rolls of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 2-3tsps of poppy or sesame seeds

Method

  1.  Place a frying pan on a high heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. When the pan is hot, add the lamb, along with all the spices and cook for 5-6 minutes until golden brown. (If making the vegetarian version, skip this step)
  3. Add in the spinach and cook until well wilted. Let any excess liquid bubble away, or drain it off if there’s a lot. (If making the vegetarian version, add the spices now)
  4. Add the chopped raisins and crumble in the cheese. Season with salt and pepper, then turn out into a bowl or plate and leave to cool.
  5. While the filling is cooling, unroll the pre-rolled puff pastry. Cut each sheet into 8 equal-sized rectangles.
  6. Brush the edges of each rectangle with a little egg wash using a brush or your index finger.
  7. Place 1 tbsp of the cooled filling in the centre of each rectangle and roll it up, leaving the seal underneath.
  8. Press down the edges and cut away any excess pastry. This will also help make a tight seal.
  9. Place the parcels on a lined baking tray and brush with the remaining egg wash.
  10. Sprinkle the parcels with the sesame and or poppy seeds.
  11. These are now ready to be baked or frozen. Try to freeze on the tray where possible. Once frozen, transfer the parcels into freezer bags. Cook as required from frozen (190°C for 35 minutes until golden brown)
  12. If cooking from fresh, preheat the oven to 190°C.  Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Serve with a zesty salad and a spoonful of Greek yoghurt or hummus.

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