The basket design on baked good looks very fascinating to me. i have been wanting to try this in my cookies or piping trails for long.
I had some dough left after i baked thin and crispy bread sticks yesterday. http://soulfulcook.com/whole-wheat-thin-and-crispy-sticks/
Also i was dying to try something new so I could distract my mind as i was fasting for the whole day.
So the idea of making cross between pie and cookies struck my mind. Since the bread dough already contained salt and herbs i made piekies savoury.
It is a filled pie cookies with spinach corn paneer mixture along with very little cheese.
Again the dough is whole wheat. Recipe of the dough can be seen from bread sticks recipe (link shared above). Follow the recipe instructions contained therein till point 6. Chill the dough for at least two hours. I used the dough after 24 hours.
- 100 grams spinach
- 1/4 cup American corn or sweet corn boiled
- 20 grams Cottage Cheese or paneer grated
- 2 tbsp grated processed cheese optional
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder or very finely chopped garlic
- 2 cups chilled whole wheat dough ( see recipe from the link shared above for bread sticks)
- Follow instructions 1 to 6 to make whole wheat dough from the recipe link of bread sticks shared above. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours)
- Take spinach leaves, wash thoroughly.
- Boil water and put spinach leaves in it . Blanch for 2 minutes. Strain out the leaves and pour cold water on it. Chop them using knife.
- In a kadhai take ½ tsp oil, add spinach and cook on a high flame for 1 minute, add corn and grated paneer. Cook for another minute or so till all the moisture dries out. Take this mixture out on a plate. Add salt, pepper and grated processed cheese and garlic powder just before using the mixture. This will be our filling.
- Take the chilled dough out of the fridge and divide it into two parts/balls. These may not be equal. Rather,one ball should be bigger than the other. Keep one part of dough( the bigger ball) back in the fridge.
- On a surface, lightly dust corn meal(makai ka aata) and whole wheat flour and roll the dough into rectangle using rolling pin. Using round cookie cutter cut the dough in the shape of round cookies and place it on baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Now place this baking tray in refrigerator for later use. i kept it in freezer for approximately 20 minutes.
- Take out the bigger part of dough and divide it into two equal balls.
- Take one ball on the floured surface and roll it into a rectangle using rolling pin.
- Using a ruler cut long strips of the dough. As shown in the pic, I have use thin knife for marking the strips and made cuts using the other knife. You can use pizza cutter for cutting strips too.
- Separate the strips and keep aside.
- Take the other ball of dough and roll it into a rectangle using rolling pin.
- Leaving some part of the rectangular dough from above( see Picture) cut the strips with the same method as described in the previous step. Don’t separate the strips this time.
- Now flip alternate strips above and keep one of theseperated strips( of step) below the flipped strips( see picture for clarity).In the pic, seperated three strips are shown on the right.
- After this insertion, put the flipped strips above the inserted strip.
- Again, repeat the step by flipping the alternate strips that we had not flipped earlier. That is first, third, fifth strip so on and put the separated cut strip in between.
- Again put the flipped strips back on the inserted strip. This will give the basket weave pattern.
- Repeat these steps till the whole rectangle is woven like into basket weave.
- Now take the round cookie cutter and cut this basket woven dough into round cookies. This will be the top layer of the piekies.
- In a small bowl, take 1/4 tsp water and ½ tsp cornflour or rice flour. Make a slurry by mixing well with the help of spoon.
- Take out the baking tray that had round cookies from the fridge. Spread ½ tsp of Spinach corn mix on it.
- Using fingers or a painting brush, apply cornflour water mix on all the sides of the round cookies.
- Now lift carefully one basket woven cookie layer and place on the filling.
- Seal the sides by pinching as well as using fork.
- Make other cookies in the same way.
- In a bowl, take 1 tsp milk, 1 tsp butter and 1/4 tsp sugar and melt it for 30 seconds in a microwave. add half a pinch of salt and mix. Brush this on top of all the piekies.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes and then at 200 degrees for another 10 to 15 minutes till these are golden brown and baked fully.