Is it that hard to make phyllo ?
I’m writing this, while I’ve just finished making it. I also ate some, and really try to find the words to describe how it tastes. Words that won’t sound like I exaggerate. It has a nice sweetness from the fresh spinach, an oily yet crispy texture from the phyllo, that only makes you wanna eat more. The making of Spanakopita recipe, or Greek spinach pie is not an easy task. Making phyllo dough can be a very tricky business. Especially if you haven’t done it before. Even in Greece making a pie with a proper made phyllo, is considered like a talent. That mostly grannies possess. Learning to make it though, is 100% worth it to my opinion. If you can make phyllo, than you can make any pie you can think of, look and taste it’s best.
The way to success…
So what I suggest is buy a pack of phyllo pastry sheets, keep them in the fridge and give it a go on making real phyllo. Now in case you don’t like the results of your effort, than you can always use the ready phyllo sheets, to add the filling. What will likely happen? I think you will succeed on making phyllo. I’m giving you a recipe here, being as exact as I can. With a lot of step by step pictures, to minimize the possibility of making it wrong. Oh and the secret of making the best phyllo, is in the amount of water you add in the dough. It should feel really soft and a bit sticky, in order to absorb the flour when you roll it later on. The more easier it absorbs the flour, than the more easier the phyllo will open up.
This recipe will give you, 2 11- inch round baking pans of spinach pie . I divided the dough to make two tins, of a very thin and super crispy phyllo pies. I did this because, half of the people believe it tastes better with feta in it. The other half prefer it plain. So I divided the recipe and give you the option to decide for you self. Feta or no feta? Plus using a small round pan, will make it easier for you. Making a small round phyllo than having to open a big one to cover a big pan. You can always go ahead and try it though if you don’t wish to make two medium ones. In this case I use the ovens tray to make one big pie.