Spicy Feta Squares

These crunchy little snacks are packed with the rich and salty flavors of Greek feta cheese.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Spicy Feta Squares

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    9 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the baking sheets 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil scant 3 cups all-purpose flour
    9 oz (250 g) feta cheese, crumbled 1 tbsp poppy seeds
    1/4 cup whole milk 1 tsp cayenne pepper


    Prep: 10 min Total: 45 min
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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter 2 large baking sheets. Process the butter in a food processor until soft and smooth. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil. Add the feta cheese, milk, and baking powder and pulse 2 or 3 times until combined.

    • 2

      Add half the flour and pulse until evenly blended. Add the remaining flour and pulse again. Turn out onto a clean work surface and knead briefly until the dough is smooth and soft. (If you do not have a food processor, beat the olive oil and milk into the butter with an electric hand mixer. Stir in the cheese, then work in the flour and baking powder with your hands.)

    • 3

      Divide the mixture in half. Press each portion into a large square about ... in (3mm) thick. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and cayenne pepper. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 1in (2.5cm) squares. Transfer to the baking sheets, about 3/4 in (20mm) apart.

    • 4

      Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly browned. Transfer the squares to a wire cake rack. Serve warm or let cool.

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