Easy Wholemeal Olive Oil Pastry & Rustic Spinach Cheese Pie

Here’s a super easy healthier pastry dough, which you can use to make rustic pies or pasties

If you’ve been hesitant to make you own dough before, this is a recipe you must try!

Makes 1 large pie or 4-6 smaller ones
Prep Time: 40min
Cooking Time: 30min

WHOLEMEAL OLIVE OIL PASTRY DOUGH

  • 200g tipo “00” flour or plain flour
  • 200g wholemeal flour or atta flour (*see note below)
  • 1tsp salt
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 200ml cold water
  1. Mix flour and salt together
  2. Make a well in the centre and add the olive oil and cold water
  3. Mix the flour and liquids together with a fork or your fingers. If the mixture looks a bit dry, add a touch more water (see video at 1m24s mark)
  4. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 2min until smooth
  5. Rest dough for at least 30 mins before rolling out

*Atta flour is a fine stoneground wholemeal flours typically used in Indian-style flatbreads such as roti or chapati. You can easily find atta at any South Asian grocery store for around $8-10 for a 5kg bag.

SPINACH & CHEESE FILLING

  • 300g ricotta
  • 100g feta
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup blanched spinach (microwave is ok) or thawed frozen spinach with water squeezed out
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan or pecorino
  • 1-2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley or dill
  • salt and pepper to taste

Simply mix all ingredients together

Optional additions: grated lemon zest, chilli flakes, sumac, ground cumin, spring onion

To Assemble & Bake (from 2m20s in video)

That’s one big pie! ready for the oven!
  1. Preheat oven to 200*C before rolling out the dough
  2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured to 2-3mm depending on how thick you prefer the pastry
  3. You can make several smaller parcels (cut pastry into 4-6 pieces) or one big one like in the video
  4. Spoon in filling, fold the pastry over and crimp the edges
  5. Brush with olive oil or egg wash before baking, and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you please
  6. Bake for 25-30mins until golden brown
  7. Serve with a size salad

If you’d like to freeze the pies make them into smaller parcels, and par bake them for 20mins instead of the full time.

Try using left over bolognese or curry to fill the pies. YUM!

Ready to serve!
Serve with a side salad and you’ll have a very satisfying and nutritious lunch!

Published by nonnachong

A lover of food and how it unites us!

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