Recipe for Greek Style Pie Crust

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Zimi Yia PitesIf you want to make your own Greek piecrust from scratch, instead of buying pre-made phyllo dough, here is the basic recipe.

Greek Style Pie Crust (Zimi Yia Pites) Recipe Ingredients:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 cup or shortening margarine
  • 1 cup soda water
  • 1/2 cup flour

How to Make Greek Pie Crust:

Sift flour with salt and cream of tartar.

Using a pastry blender or 2 knives cut in the margarine coarsely or until particles are about the size of a pea.

Sprinkle over soda water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

With a fork press the flour particles together using only enough soda water to hold the pastry together.

Press dough lightly with the fingers and wrap in waxed paper. Chill for about 1 hour.

Roll pastry into an oblong 1/8-inch thick, dot surface with the butter and sprinkle with flour.

Roll the dough in the same way as you would if you were making a Swiss Roll.

Roll out again into an oblong and fold in sides to make 3 layers.

Fold in ends the same way, making 9 layers in all.

Wrap in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator.

When ready to use, roll out into a thick sheet about 1/8 inch thick. However, you should use the dough within a few days because it dries out.

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