A crispy appetizer filled with spinach, pine nuts, raisins and feta cheese, which melts delicious in the oven. Great with a yoghurt dip
Spinach contains iron, or is that a myth? If you used to watch Popeye, you’d think it would, anyway. Because, according to Popeye, the spinach gives iron muscles and you will get strong. But did you know that Popeye eating spinach was actually a publicity stunt by the U.S. government. Popeye was popular at the time around the Second World War. Because the government did not know how long the war would last and because of possible shortages of meat they wanted to persuade the population to eat something else: spinach . And it helped. There was an increase of 30 % more spinach that was eaten in comparison with earlier years.
Spinach, by the way, contains Iron, more than the average in any other vegetables, but much less than is often thought. And iron is an element that we need in our diet. And so today a delicious spinach filo dough snack, with a delicious taste and with iron!
Question of the week!
This weeks question: in cookbooks is often spoken of baking powder and baking soda. What are these ingredients and can you interchange them?
Baking powder is a chemical agent. To be precise, a carbonate combined with a bicarbonate and it is slightly acid (because of the addition of tartaric acid or citric acid). In your dough or batter it reacts with moisture. It gives lightness in your final recipe, but also increases the acidity .
When you want to store it, make sure it stays dry or it starts to work in your bag.
Baking soda is like baking powder a chemical agent which consists only of sodium bicarbonate. So it has no acidic component (as in baking powder). The acid will be added to the dough or batter. When using baking soda in a recipe , you’ll always see an acidic component (vinegar , lemon juice , buttermilk) to start the reaction.
I do not have baking soda in the house I can replace baking powder ?
Use 2 times as much baking powder as baking soda in the recipe (if the ingredient list gives 1 teaspoon baking soda, add 2 teaspoons of baking powder) . The acidic component in order to start the reaction, should be replaced by a non-acidic ingredient . For example buttermilk becomes milk , vinegar / lemon juice becomes water .
Please note that even though they work the same, the taste will be slightly modified by replacing. So rather buy baking soda for the recipes that need it.
Recipe: Spinach phyllo dough appetizer