Kalitsounia | Cretan Sweet Cheese Pies
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Sweet cheese pies from Crete
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 17
  • --Dough--
  • 1½ cups flour, plus extra for kneading surface
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon brandy (optional)
  • --Filling--
  • 7 ounces Ricotta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon oregano (optional)
  • --Egg Wash--
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of water
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and sugar, mix.
  2. Add in all remaining ingredients under dough sections in order listed, one at a time.
  3. Mix until all ingredients are combined then place on floured surface and knead until soft dough is formed.
  4. Set dough aside. Start on filling.
  5. In a bowl, add all filling ingredients, mix until well combined.
  6. Take dough ball and place on floured surface, roll out to rectangle, about ½ inch thick.
  7. Taking a cup, create circle cutouts in the dough. Remove remaining dough so you are left with just the circle cutouts.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of cheese filling to center of each circle, and either fold over to close, or pinch sides to create shapes - it's up to you here, be creative.
  9. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Roll remaining dough back out and repeat until all dough is used.
  11. Once done, brush each cheese pie with egg wash (combine egg and water, mix).
  12. Place in preheated oven at 350F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  13. Remove, sprinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!
*If dough is too wet, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time to create dough.
**Feel free to drizzle honey over them as well.
***Serving is approx. how many individual pies you'll get.
Recipe by Lemon & Olives at https://www.lemonandolives.com/kalitsounia-cretan-sweet-cheese-pies/