Kolokithopita (Greek Pumpkin Pie)
|~ Filling Ingredients:
~ 6-8 cups of graded pumpkin
~ 1 cup of semolina
~ 4 eggs beaten
~ 5 tbsp of sugar
~ 1 tbsp of salt
~ Unsalted melted butter
Home Made Filo
|~ Dough Ingredients:
~ 6 cups of flour
~ 1 tbsp of salt
~ 1/2 cup of olive oil
~ 1 1/2 cup of water or as much as it will take
|~ This recipe is usually made with a home made fillo for the taste or if you prefer you can use the already made fillo you can find frozen at any grocery store.
~ The procedure is the same and you can use more fillo sheets in between, bottom and top.
| ~ In a large enough bowl mix all your filling ingredients except for the melted butter and let it sit until you have your dough prepared.
~ Place the flour in a bowl and mix well with salt.
~ Add the olive oil and with your fingers mix well until the oil is fully absorbed by the flour.
~ Gradually add the water and knead until the dough is firm.
~ Cover the bowl with a thick cloth and let it rest for about 45 minutes.
~ Knead again for about 5 minutes and now you are ready to open your home made fillo.
~ Cut your dough in 8-9 pieces and form into small balls.
~ With a dough roller, roll each ball into thin, long and wide sheet.
~ With a brush, brush lightly your cooking tray (about 2 inches beep) all over.
~ Place one fillo sheet on the bottom of your tray (do not cut any excess) and brush it with butter on the top.
~ Repeat with one more fillo sheet.
~ Spread some of your filling on and place another fillo sheet and again some of your filling.
~ Repeat the same process until you only have three fillo sheets left.
~ Fold in all your excess fillo.
~ Place the rest of your sheets on the top and brush with butter each one.
~ Place your tray in a preheated oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (see conversions) for about 1 hour or until golden brown.
~ Cut in square pieces and serve. It can also be eaten cold.
~ Good luck and enjoy.