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BM# 75: A-Z Bake Around the World: Day 11
Bake of the Day: K for Knish
Country: Eastern European

Today I have a savory pastry from Eastern Europe called Knish. It is a snack that is sold by street vendors in urban areas with a large Jewish population. It is a pastry that consists of a filling covered with dough and it is either baked, grilled or deep fired. Of course I baked mine since we are doing baking marathon.
Vegan Knish with PotatoThe outer crust is made with flour and mashed potatoes — which makes it very tender and flaky. The crust has baking powder as leaving agent — that helps in making it tender. Traditionally it is made with all purpose flour (and mashed potatoes), but I had to add some wholewheat flour. Vegan Knish with PotatoThe filling is usually made with mashed potato, ground meat, sauerkraut, onions and cheese. Other varieties of fillings include sweet potatoes, black beans, broccoli, tofu or spinach. I made the knish with mashed potato and spinach.
Vegan Knish with PotatoI followed the recipe from Vegan with a vengeance cookbook. The filling was a little bland to my taste, so may be next time I make it I will add some Indian spices to it. These are best served warm, but can be refrigerated and reheated in the microwave.Vegan Knish with PotatoMy potato loving family really liked these knish. My son loved these and had them with some ketchup. They are great to serve as an after school snack or a tea time treat.Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 75.

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Spinach Potato Knish Yum
Vegan recipe for Potato and Spinach Knish with a tender and flaky crust. Filling is made with potato and spinach. These knish are served as snacks.
Spinach Potato Knish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Knishes
Ingredients
For the Dough:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup Wholewheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup Mashed Potato (1 small potato, boiled and mashed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
For the Filling:
  • 2 Medium Potatoes. boiled and mashed
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced (optional)
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach, chopped
  • To taste Salt Pepper
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
Knishes
Ingredients
For the Dough:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup Wholewheat flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup Mashed Potato (1 small potato, boiled and mashed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
For the Filling:
  • 2 Medium Potatoes. boiled and mashed
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced (optional)
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach, chopped
  • To taste Salt Pepper
Spinach Potato Knish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Make the Dough:
  1. Add the mashed potato to a mixing bowl, add the olive oil and water and mash until well combined. Add the salt and baking powder, mix well.
  2. Then add the flour, mix and knead until a smooth dough is formed. This might take about 8~10 minutes. Cover and let the dough rest while preparing the filling.
Make the Filling:
  1. Heat 1tbsp olive oil, in a pan, add the onions and cook till the onions are lightly browned around the edges. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Next add the spinach and cook till wilted about 3~4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the mashed potatoes and mix well to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Let the mixture cool slightly.
Make Knish:
  1. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll one piece into a 10" square on a floured surface, then cut into four 5" squares.
  2. Scoop about ½cup of filling into the center of each square. Pull dough edges up and around the filling and pinch to close. Place them seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Repeat with the remaining dough. Brush knishes with oil and sprinkle with coarse salt (if desired). Bake for 30~40 minutes or until golden brown.
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6 thoughts on “Spinach Potato Knish (Vegan Recipe)”

  1. The savoury bake with a stuffing sounds like a treat . I agree the filling does not have spices , so naturally must be bland , just some chilly flakes and pepper would do the trick . All in all a fantastic snack / meal .

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