Paul Hollywood's Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Parcels Recipe

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Paul Hollywood Spinach Parcels photo
Paul Hollywood Spinach Parcels photo
(Image credit: Paul Hollywood, Pies & Puds)

Taken from Paul Hollywood's Pies & Puds (Bloomsbury, £20)


For the dough:

  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 1tsp fine salt
  • 1tsp fast-action dried yeast
  • 2tbsp olive oil, plus extra for kneading
  • 125-150ml water

For the filling:

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g frozen, whole-leaf (not chopped) spinach
  • 125g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2tbsp pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 3tbsp chopped mint
  • Salt and black pepper

You will also need:

  • Baking tray
  • 18cm plate


  1. To make the dough, put the flour into a large bowl and add the salt to one side and the yeast to the other. Pour in the oil and 125ml of the water. Start to mix with the fingers of one hand, adding a little more water as you go, gradually incorporating all the flour from the side of the bowl until you have a rough dough. It should be soft and slightly sticky. You may not need to add all the water or you may need a bit more (depending on the absorbency of the flour)

  2. Trickle a little olive oil onto your work surface and knead the dough on it for a good 5 minutes until it becomes smooth and is no longer sticky. Return to the bowl and cover with cling film. Leave it in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in size and puffy

  3. Meanwhile, make the filling. Heat the oil in a wide frying pan over a low heat, add the garlic and cook gently for a minute or until it just starts to colour. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the frozen spinach to the pan and increase the heat to high. Cook, stirring often, until the spinach is soft and all the liquid released has evaporated. Add to the bowl with the garlic and season with pepper and a pinch of salt (remember that the cheese will be very salty). Leave to cool, then add the cheese, pine nuts and mint. Mix thoroughly

  4. When you are ready to assemble the parcels, heat your oven to 220°C/gas 7 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment

  5. Tip the risen dough on to a lightly floured surface and gently deflate it, then roll it out to a 5mm thickness. Using a plate as a guide, cut out 4 circles, 18cm in diameter

  6. Divide the filling between the circles, forming it into a triangular shape in the centre. Dampen the pastry margin with water. Bring the dough up over each side of the triangle of filling, forming a pyramid shape. Pinch the edges of the dough together with your fingers to seal. Trim off any excess and press together again

  7. Put the spinach parcels on the prepared baking tray and bake for 12–15 minutes until golden. Eat hot, warm or cold

Top Tip for making Paul Hollywood's Spinach, Feta & Pine Nut Parcels

Use frozen spinach for this recipe - it's less watery