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How to Make Your Own Traditional Greek Phyllo Dough

By Alexis Adams

Feb 10, 2012

From the March/April 2012 issue

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If you can’t travel to the Peloponnese peninsula to eat a savory hortopita treat, here’s the next best option: make it yourself.

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How to Make Phyllo Dough

In our March/April 2012 issue, Alexis Adams wrote about hortopita, the savory pie related made with layers of homemade phyllo, wild greens, aromatic herbs such as dill and parsley, and touloumotiri, a rustic cheese made from both goat’s and sheep’s milk, considered the mother of feta. Learn how to make phyllo dough, which serves as a crust for traditional hortopita, below.

4½  cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1¾ cups warm water, as needed
¼ cup olive oil, plus extra for brushing the layers of dough
2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Rolling pin, the longer the better
Pastry brush

1. Mix 4 cups of flour and the salt in a mixing bowl; make a well in the center.
2. Add 1½ cups of water, the olive oil, and the vinegar. Work the flour into the liquid with a fork until a scrappy, floury dough begins to form.
3. Turn the dough mixture out onto a floured surface and knead with oiled hands until silky and smooth, adding a little more flour or water if necessary.
4. Divide into six balls, cover with a damp dish towel, and let the dough rest at room temperature for at least one hour.
5. Roll the balls out into 13-inch-by-17-inch rectangular sheets about 1/16th-inch thick.

Now that you've made the phyllo dough, it's time to learn how to make hortopita. Read the full article and find the recipe here.

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