Is it really October already? It is? So you’re telling me we’ve only got a few more months and it will be 2015? Oh boy…
This year has gone by incredibly fast. I know I’ve said it before, but it really has. Both Jane and I have grown a lot this year and developed new skills and new outlooks on life. Of course this blog has been at the heart of it all.
It’s been a little slow here these past few weeks, the first in the blog’s history, but rest assure it’s for good reason. We’ve got some things in the works that we’ll be releasing in the next few months. We’ve also kept busy. Two of our recipes have appeared in, The Greek Star newspaper! It is the longest running Greek American newspaper in the nation, which published its first issue in 1904. Moreover, to our pleasant surprise, both times we were featured, we made the cover! It was pretty awesome to see hard work paying off and obviously to see our stuff in print.
Additionally, we’ve been planning out our vacation. We try and travel every year, as it is both a passion and a perfect way of relaxing. We’re really excited about the fact that we leave in just 10 days! We won’t be heading to Greece this year (we’re doing 3 weeks there next summer), so we are looking forward to seeing a few other countries in Europe. We’ll be sharing photos of our journey on our Instagram page, so follow along if you’re interested in traveling with us 🙂
Speaking of traveling, let’s now take a culinary trip to Crete. May we present to you today’s recipe hailing from that wonderful island: Kalitsounia (καλιτσούνια) Sweet Cheese Pies.
For those of you that don’t know, we’re the Greek food writers over on about.com. We were not the first, so I always tend to search and see what the other writers had done in the past. I came along Nancy’s recipe for this and thought I had to give it a go.
Both Jane and I have experienced these in Crete, as I tend to make sure we try any cheese stuffed pastry we see. I just was not able to find a recipe for them, something to use as a base, and it slipped away. Well, not today. No, today, I share this wonderful recipe with the world.
They are actually fun to make. Just taking a cup, trying to use one of the ones with a wide top, and creating circles, placing cheese in the middle, and closing it up. Feel free to get creative and make any shapes you want.
The overall eating experience is what the title says, sweet cheese. The cheese develops the hint of sweetness from the sugar and cinnamon, and the batter binds it all together with hints of vanilla, orange, and that slight spice of brandy.
I will say this: these are addicting. Especially when they are fresh out of the oven. I had like 5 in one go. You can also kick it up a notch and drizzle some honey over them.
As always, we hope you enjoy this recipe!
Kenton & Jane *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 Adapted from Nancy’s
*If dough is too wet, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time to create dough.