Pizza type: Peinirli

Pizza type: Peinirli

Peinirli is a lot like a thick crust pizza and it is a favorite Greek snack and meal. It  may be shaped, filled, and frozen then baked directly from freezer to oven.

Ingredients:

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 – 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 4-5 cups bread flour
  • salt
  • cornmeal
  • 1/2 pound kasseri cheese, or other semi hard cheese
  • 2-3 tbs milk
  • several slices Pastourma
  • 6 eggs (optional)
  • 1 large, firm, ripe tomato thinly sliced (optional)
  • butter, as desired

Procedure:

Preheat oven at 200° C.

Dissolve the yeast in 1 1/2 cups of warm water and let it bubble up for about 20 minutes.

Sift 4 cups of flour and the salt together.

Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture.

Combine with a fork until a dough mass forms.

Sprinkle a worksurface with some of the remaining flour and knead, incorporating m ore flour as needed, until a smooth, soft dough forms.

Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk.

Punch down the dough and divide into 6 equal pieces. Cover and let rise again until doubled.

Lightly dust a baking sheet with cornmeal.

Grate the kasseri and mix in the milk.

Take one ball at a time, flatten it into an oval and then shape into a thick “canoe”, pinching it together to form points at both ends.

Add one-sixth of the kasseri mixture and a little pastourma.

Add a slice or two of tomatoes and break an egg carefully into the center of desired. (You can also just fill it with nothing but the cheese mixture.)

Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes.

Remove and immediately dot with butter.

Serve hot.

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