Cheat's Kalitsounia (Sweet Cheese Pastries from Crete)

Cheat's Kalitsounia (Sweet Cheese Pastries from Crete)


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About this recipe: I lived in Crete for a couple of years, and we used to buy these amazing little tarts at the local bakery for breakfast. They are insanely easy to make at home, especially with the help of shop-bought pastry! Serve warm for best taste.


Serves: 24 

  • 500g ricotta
  • 250g sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • cream on hand in case ricotta is dry (it usually is)
  • 24 small sweet pastry cases

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Combine ricotta, sugar, flour, yolks, cinnamon and orange zest in a bowl. If the mix is too crumbly and not creamy, add some cream a teaspoon at a time until it's creamy but not too runny.
  3. Spoon filling into pastry cases. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Nice to enjoy warm. You can reheat the tarts in the microwave for 10 seconds or in the oven on low heat.

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