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Old 03-16-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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My Spanakopita Was Flat :(

I have made spanakopita before, but I've always rolled it up into longer rolls and made a snail in a decorative dish. This past weekend I tried making just a flat ol' spanakopita but it ended up like REALLY flat, nothing like what my fiance's family makes, theirs is big and fluffy. It could have been I skimped on the butter for some of the layers.. but the layers I didn't skimp on didn't even stick to each other after cooking. It was so strange.

What did I do wrong? How do you make this pie in just a regular pan, flat?

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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It's a question of how many layers you used and how much butter you put on every layer.

When we make spanakopita or paklava we use a whole package (40 layers-20 layers in the box cut in half to fit the pan=40 layers). Each layer is buttered.
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:12 PM   #3
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It's a question of how many layers you used and how much butter you put on every layer.

When we make spanakopita or paklava we use a whole package (40 layers-20 layers in the box cut in half to fit the pan=40 layers). Each layer is buttered.
I've never tried making spanakopita or baklava. I have enjoyed eating them. I remember seeing lots of layers with baklava, but I don't remember a lot of layers of phylo pastry with spanakopita.
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I've never tried making spanakopita or baklava. I have enjoyed eating them. I remember seeing lots of layers with baklava, but I don't remember a lot of layers of phylo pastry with spanakopita.

They're actually alike except for the filling. Paklava (baklava) is layers of buttered filo with a filling of nuts, sugar cinnamon, etc. with a simple syrup or honey syrup. Spanakopita is a spinach and cheese, etc filling with layers of buttered filo.
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They're actually alike except for the filling. Paklava (baklava) is layers of buttered filo with a filling of nuts, sugar cinnamon, etc. with a simple syrup or honey syrup. Spanakopita is a spinach and cheese, etc filling with layers of buttered filo.
I'll have to pay better attention the next time I order pikilia.
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It's a question of how many layers you used and how much butter you put on every layer.

When we make spanakopita or paklava we use a whole package (40 layers-20 layers in the box cut in half to fit the pan=40 layers). Each layer is buttered.
Andy mate this is a Pita I made for the easter festival in Kendal MiamiClick image for larger version

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This is spanakopita as I described.
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Andy mate this is a Pita I made for the easter festival in Kendal MiamiAttachment 10250 my wife makes the Baklava the Greek way with plain honey syrup, the nuts are walnut and almonds, sorry no pics I eat it to quickly

I haven't seen one like this before.
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This is spanakopita as I described.
Ahhh, now I understand. I was thinking that you meant there was spinach filling between all of those layers.
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I haven't seen one like this before.
Andy Pita a you probably know means pie in Greek, Serbian, Croatian in fact everywhere the Turks conquered, Greeks like to argue, one of the big debates is about the vegetables to be used in moussaka or is the grill to hot or not hot enough, the biggest prob is the Cypriots who think they are the best cooks so the shapes of pita are regional.the pita in the pic was Kalamata farmer shape. The pics are grilling pig for lunch outside the office in Piraeus, me being mistreated by 4 greeks in some port somewhere, and my favorite sausage shop across the road from the Agora Athens
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