PeinirliThis is a very tasty snack is loved by everyone, and can be made according to your taste. It is something like an open pie and very versatile. You can double the quantity of the dough and keep it in the freezer until needed, so that you can prepare the peinirli quickly.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients for the Dough
1 cup lukewarm water
2 sachets dry yeast
1 egg
¼ cup milk
¼ cup oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon sugar
Flour about 1 kilo
1 egg for eggwash

 

Filling
Grated cheese
Eggs
Prepared minced meat
Bacon

 

Directions

Place all the ingredients except the flour in a bowl. Mix well. Start adding the flour and knead. Add as much flour as required to make a soft dough that doesn’t stick to your hands. Pour a little oil on your hands and oil lightly the dough so that it doesn’t harden. Cover it and put it in a warm place to rise, until it doubles itself.

When the dough has risen, punch it down. Cut off pieces and shape them like ‘boats’. You can make small peinirli (about 15cm long or 6 inches) that you can serve as snacks, or large ones, that you can serve for dinner with a salad. Take the required amount of dough, roll it on your counter until you reach the required length. The roll must not be too thin. With your fingers, gently press the roll in the centre, and open the sides, so that you have the shape of a boat. Pinch the two tips, so that the filling will be cradled in the boat. Place the dough in a prepared pan, because if you add the filling the peinirli will be too heavy to lift and the dough may tear up.

You can fill the peinirli with anything you can image or feel like: grated cheese, eggs (which will be cooked in the oven inside the peinirli), left over minced meat in tomato sauce, bacon, mushrooms, and various meats or vegetables or any variations you may think of. Brush the dough with melted butter or olive oil and egg wash and bake in a preheated oven at 180oC. The time depends on the size of the peinirli, but the smaller ones will need about 30 minutes and the large ones approximately 50 minutes.

Serve hot and enjoy!