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Thyme to celebrate Chinese NY

A very happy Chinese New Year with those savoury pastry dressed up for the occasion!

About Thyme celebrating Chinese New Year

Zaatar filo pastry

Recipe for Filo Pastry for the brave hearts, you could also find it at any Supermarket.


200g plain flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten

80ml warm milk

2 teaspoons butter, melted

1/8 teaspoon vinegar

2 tablespoons butter, melted


Lightly flour a pastry cloth. Sift 200g flour with salt onto a board and make a well in the centre. Add beaten egg mixed with 80ml warm milk, 2 teaspoon melted butter and vinegar into centre of the well. Depending on your flour you may have to add more milk.

Combine the ingredients quickly with your fingers, working from the outside of the well, and when it is mixed, knead the dough on a board until the dough is pliable and silky and no longer sticks to the board. Brush the surface of the ball with melted butter and cover the dough with a warm bowl and let it rest 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6.

Roll it out on the board as thin as possible. Move it to the table. Begin to stretch the pastry gently from the centre out, trying not to tear it. It should stretch to about 1 metre square. A heavier edge of dough or a border will develop as you work, and whatever remains of this must be cut off with a knife before the filling is spread or the pastry rolled up.

Cut the pastry into circles. Fill half the circles cut with AboutThyme Classic Zaatar, and dip the edges of the remaining half. Fold the circle in half and pinch the 2 edges together. Pop the cookie on the rim of a mug or cup and very gently pull the 2 corners down to get the fortune cookie shape.

Brush the surface with melted butter and bake for 10- 15 minutes or until the edges are golden.

Qǐng màn yòng!

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