Recipe Courtesy of Dina, Dinas-Kitchen.com
Fatayar Bi Jibne (Cheese Pies) by Dinas Kitchen
1 hour 30 minutes
For the dough: Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the oil and water and mix well until the dough gathers into a ball, adding a little extra flour if it is sticky or a drizzle of water if dry. Knead for about 5 minutes until smooth and pliable. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let rest in a warm place for at least 2 hours.
For the filling: when using akkawi cheese, slice it and soak in water for a couple of hours to reduce the salt. Pat dry the cheese slices and process in a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and add the egg whites, melted butter, 1 teaspoon nigella seeds, black pepper and dried mint. Mix well.
For the egg wash: in a small bowl whisk egg yolks, water, salt and nigella seeds.
Make the pies: On a slightly floured surface divide the dough into 32 pieces, each piece 23-24g, forming each piece into a small ball. Cover with a clean towel and let rest for 15 minutes. Roll each ball into an oval shape (14x8 cm). Evenly spread a heaped tablespoonful cheese filling over the dough leaving 1 cm border. Fold in the long sides without completely covering the cheese and pinch the ends tightly to seal.
Transfer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, brush with egg wash and bake in a preheated oven (200°C/ 400°F) for about 20-30 minutes, or until golden in colour. Serve warm or at room temperature.