Category: Pastries Recipes

Pastel de Nata - Portuguese Egg Tart Pastry

Pastel de Nata – Portuguese Egg Tart Pastry

The simple recipe has had various alterations in the Portuguese pastelarias (pastry shops) and padarias (bakeries), in the shape of the pastry cup and the filling. One of these methods includes making the custard in a bain-marie (a bowl over boiling water) rather than combining all the ingredients at once in a saucepan. Some prefer the cream slightly curdled to give it a rustic appearance and unusual texture.

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Pastizzi – Maltese Savoury Pastry

Pastizzi are savoury pastries, typical of the Maltese street-food. They’re usually filled up with ricotta cheese or with peas. This recipe is for ricotta pastizzi

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Pestinos Spanish Christmas Cookies

Pestiños – Spanish Christmas Cookies

A pestiño is a Christmas or Holy Week pastry that is popular in Andalusia and other regions of Southern Spain. It is a piece of dough, deep fried in olive oil and glazed with honey or sugar.

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Turkish Peynirli Borek - Cheese and Parsley Pastries

Peynirli Borek – Turkish Cheese and Parsley Pastries

These pastries are made in many shapes and sizes in Turkey – sometimes baked in the oven in a large dish and then cut into portions like a pie, sometimes they are cigar-shaped rolls, and often they are little triangular delights.

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Pigs in Blankets

In the United Kingdom, pigs-in-a-blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetisers.

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Placinta cu Brânza – Cheese Filled Pastries

Plăcintă is a Romanian traditional pastry resembling a thin, small round or square-shaped cake, usually filled with a soft cheese such as Urdă or apples.

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Poppy Seed Kolache

Kolache (also spelled kolace, kolach, or kolacky, from the Czech and Slovak plural koláče) is a type of pastry that holds a dollop of fruit rimmed by a puffy pillow of supple dough. Originating as a semisweet wedding dessert from Central Europe.

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Poppy Seed Pastries and Dishes

This is a list of poppy seed pastries and dishes. Poppy seeds are wildly popular in Eastern Europe and appear in everything from sweet to savoury foods. For many Eastern Europeans, particularly Poles, Ukrainians, Hungarians, Russians, Lithuanians, Slovaks, Czechs and Slovenians, poppy seeds are a symbol of wealth, the tiny seeds representing coins. They figure prominently at Christmas and New Year’s expressing hoped-for prosperity in the coming year.

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Qottab - Persian Almond Pastry

Qottab – Persian Almond Pastries

Qotab (Persian: قطاب‎ qottâb) is an almond-filled, deep-fried Persian pastry. It’s prepared with flour, almonds, icing sugar, vegetable oil and cardamom. Some versions of ghotab may contain other ingredients, since most of the best recipes are family secrets that are jealously guarded.

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

Roasted Cherry Tomato Clafoutis

A clafoutis is a baked French custard usually studded with cherries and sweetened with sugar; This clafoutis is savoury, but resembles the original with the cherry tomatoes. Serve it warm or cold, in wedges

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Empanadas Saltenas

Salteña – Bolivian Baked Empanada

Bolivia is known for its special kind of empanada called a salteña. Oddly, the salteña takes it’s name from a city in Argentina (Salta), but it’s definitely a Bolivian specialty. You can recognise salteñas by the repulgue (the braid-like fold that seals the filling inside) which runs across the top of the pastry instead of along the side.

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Homemade Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls

The basic composition of a sausage roll is generally a sheet or sheets of puff pastry formed into tubes around sausage meat and glazed with egg or milk before being baked. They can be served either hot or cold.

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Strawberry Tart

Strawberry Tart

This is one of the easiest desserts to make, lovely to look at, and really delicious. Don’t be intimated by the crust, as long as you have a food processor, everything is done in a snap.

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Štrudla sa Orasima – Serbian Walnut Strudel

A number of Serbian pies are made with phyllo, called “kore” in Serbian language. A common Serbian pie not made with phyllo is called “štrudla”. To add to the confusion, it is not similar to strudel, but rather to the nut roll. Most commonly you would see two dominant varieties, sometimes made in pairs: Makovnjača (with poppy seeds) and Štrudla s orasima (with walnuts).

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Sweet Apple Cinnamon Empanadas

Sweet Apple Cinnamon Empanadas

We use a different empanada dough to make these sweet empanadas – a cream cheese pastry dough that is only slightly sweet. It’s very flaky and tastes more like a pie crust.

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