Cheese Pastries

I love anything with cheese in it, especially cheese pastries, pies, well anything that’s baked. I made these pastries savory, but I needed to put something in the middle so I decided to go with a little bit of blueberry jam. The rest of the pastry is savory and it’s just so good. I used feta and ricotta cheese in the filling and that’s all. I like mixing ricotta and feta together, because feta is very salty and ricotta is bland, so when you pair them together, they are perfect, which makes for a wonderful savory cheese pastry. The pastry dough itself is also very light and fluffy and goes wonderfully with the cheese.

Just like making any dough, I started by activating the yeast, so in a small bowl, combine the water, yeast and sugar, mix then let it sit for about 10 minutes until the yeast starts bubbling.

In another bowl, melt the butter in a microwave for a few seconds then add the egg to it and mix.

In the bowl of your mixer add the flour and salt and slowly mix it all together. Add the yeast mixture and the butter and egg mixture and mix it all up until it’s all well incorporated. The dough will be fairly soft. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, tossing the dough around so that it gets oily all around. Cover it up with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest in a warm place until it doubles in size.

While the dough is resting, you can mix the feta cheese and ricotta cheese together. After about an hour or so your dough should look something like this:

As I mentioned the dough will be soft, do not be tempted to add extra flour. Cut the dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a ball.

Now I made my cheese pastries fairly big, so feel free to make them more dainty and cut the dough into 8 pieces to make 8 pretty flowers. Roll out each piece so that it’s about 4 inches in diameter. Add a quarter of the cheese filling in the middle of the rolled out dough.

Fold up the dough to completely cover up the cheese, so that it forms a ball again.

Flatten out the ball again, so that it’s about 4 inches in diameter. Using a sharp knife cut 4 slits into it, leaving about an inch in the middle uncut.

Now inside each quarter, cut 2 more slits.

Repeat with the other balls. Place the pastries carefully on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Let the pastries rest for another 30 minutes and they will rise some more. Brush them with the egg wash, and in the middle make an indentation and drop a tablespoon of blueberry jam.

Now bake these beauties in a preheated oven at 375 F degrees for about 45 minutes or until nice and golden brown and trust me you will surely impress your family and friends and will look like a real baker. :)

Cheese Pastries

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Cheese Pastries

Ingredients:

    Dough
  • 2 cups (250 g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (114 g) butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp (4.2 g) sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (3 g) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp (3 g) yeast
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • Filling
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded feta cheese
  • 1 cup (113 g) ricotta cheese
  • Other
  • 4 tbsp (40 g) blueberry jam (optional)
  • 1 egg (for brushing)

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the water, sugar and yeast together and let it sit until the yeast bubbles.
  2. In another small bowl mix the egg and the butter.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, add the flour, salt and mix. Add the butter/egg mixture and the yeast mixture and using the paddle attachment, mix it all together until everything is well incorporated. The dough will be fairly soft.
  4. Place the dough into an oiled bowl and rub some of the oil all over the dough. Let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size.
  5. In the meantime combine the ricotta cheese and feta cheese together.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Flatten each ball so that it’s about 4 inches in diameter. Place a quarter of the cheese mixture in the middle then fold up the sides of the dough to fully cover the cheese. Flatten the dough, so that it's about 4 inches in diameter again. Using a knife cut the dough, leaving about one inch in the middle, making about 12 slits all the way around.
  7. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  9. Let the pastries rise a bit for another 30 minutes.
  10. Brush the pastries with egg wash and add a tbsp of blueberry jam in the middle of each pastry.
  11. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/pastries/cheese-pastries/

Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Yveta says

    Jo – today morning i tried your recipe and my 8 “little flowers” turned out very tasty & pretty-great for picnic or munching in my garden ;-) with cup of coffee…
    As usual thank you for sharing this delectable recipie!

    • says

      You’re very welcome, I’m sure they looked wonderful. Next time I make them I will try making 8 instead of 4 as well. :)

  2. Yveta says

    Thank you very much Jo!
    Its so handy to start baking strigh away without converting weight,temperatures etc first! Before i never tried any recipies from USA or Canada because i cant convert “cups” to grams,i cant find exactly how many grams is a american/canadian “cup” :-(
    Im from UK.I visited Romania in 2000,i love what i saw-especially Bucharest made a big impression on me.Unfortunately my visit was too short i wish i can stay longer!
    Jo i try make 8 flowers-cant wait to start kneading the dough (im hopelessly devoted to kneading by my hands) & i will explore you blog futher :-)

    • says

      You’re welcome. Good luck with this recipe, I’m sure it will turn out great. Let me know if you attempt other recipes and I will convert them for you. The funny thing is most of my Romanian recipes were in grams obviously and I had to convert them to cups. :)

  3. Yveta says

    Jo i want try this recipe (and few other recipies from your blog) ,its challenge for me to bake this savory beauties-i love shape of your pastries-perfect for picnic :-) but its one problem here-can you remember about us-”baking addicts” from Europe and apart from “cups” can you give quantity of products you using in gramms/ounces? Your help will be very appreciated !!!

    • says

      Hi Yveta,
      I’ve updated the recipe to include grams. Good luck with this recipe, it will make 4 large flower pastries, so if you don’t want them so big, you might want to make 8 flowers instead. Where are you from Yveta?

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