I used to go to this one franchised bakery and always buy a pumpkin and feta parcel. They were great. You could taste the pumpkin, you could taste the feta, and there weren't any carrots or onions thrown in to complicate the flavour.
One day I got there, and they didn't have any. I was told that one of their bakers used to make them, but that it was his own private recipe. He was gone, and so were the parcels.
So instead of moping around the place, I decided to make my own. I use store-bought puff pastry because it's light and flaky, but you can use any pastry you like.
Ingredients 500g Pumpkin
100g Greek or Australian Feta
2 Sheets of Frozen Puff Pastry
Preheat Oven to 200ºC.
Cut off skin, and roughly dice pumpkin.
Line a baking tray with aluminium foil, and spread pumpkin over tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and chili flakes.
Place pumpkin in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Pumpkin should begin to caramelise and should be tender.
Remove pumpkin from the oven, and place in a bowl with feta and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Mix together using a fork, mashing up the pumpkin and feta as you mix. Taste the mix and add more salt, chili flakes, or cinnamon to suit your tastes.
Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 squares. Make sure you store puff pastry properly, if it isn't wrapped correctly in the freezer it will get dry and flaky (like mine) and won't stick together as well.
Place a spoonful of the mixture in the centre of the puff pastry squares.
Fold in the corners of the puff pastry squares, so that they just overlap each other in the centre. If the puff pastry has been stored correctly you shouldn't need anything extra to 'seal' them together.
Lightly beat one egg in a small bowl, using a fork. Use this to lightly egg wash each parcel. This will give them a glossy exterior.
Place in the oven for 15-25 minutes. Check them after the first 15 minutes, and then every 5 minutes after that.
When they're ready they should be a light golden brown.
These parcels are delicious just on their own, you won't need to add any sauces or condiments to make them taste great.
Make a bigger batch, and these are great served at parties. You don't have to make parcels, you can use any puff pastry design you like, just make sure you don't overfill them.