Sweet Spinach Pie

Number of servings : 6 to 8 Prep time: 1 hour 45 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Type of meal

Number of servings : 6 to 8

Prep time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Type of meal : | Pies/Tarts | Pies/Tarts

Special diet :

Ingredients

500 ml / 2 cups     all purpose flour
2.5 ml / 1/2 tsp    salt
30 ml / 2 tbsp     sugar
180 ml / 3/4 cup    butter, in pieces, frozen*
60 ml / 4 tbsp      lard, in pieces, frozen*
75 ml / 1/3 cup (approx.)    ice water

2 bags, 280 g / 10 oz each    spinach, trimmed, blanched, drained and chopped
125 ml / 1/2 cup     sugar
125 ml / 1/2 cup     toasted pine nuts
75 ml / 1/3 cup     golden raisins
2     eggs, beaten
15 ml / 1 tbsp     orange zest, grated
45 ml / 3 tbsp     grated Parmesan
3.5 ml / 3/4 tsp     grated nutmeg

1    egg yolk, beaten

*It is very important to put the butter and lard in the freezer at least 15 minutes before processing, in order to ensure a flaky crust.

Directions

In a food processor, combine the flour, salt and sugar. Add the butter and lard and pulse about 30 times until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Add about 75 ml / 1/3 cup of ice water and pulse just until the dough forms a ball around the blade. If necessary, add a few more drops of water. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F and butter a 25 cm / 10” pie plate.

In a bowl, combine the spinach, sugar, pine nuts, raisins, beaten eggs, orange zest, Parmesan and nutmeg and set aside.
 
On a floured work surface, roll out half the dough and press into the pie plate. Pour the spinach mixture on top and smooth the surface. Roll out the rest of the dough, cut into 2.5 cm / 1” strips and arrange in a criss-cross pattern over the top. Pinch the dough to make a fluted edge.

Dilute the egg yolk with a little cold water and brush the crust with the mixture.

Bake on the lower rack of the oven for about 40 minutes.  

Serve warm.

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Sweet Spinach Pie