Cretan Kalitsounia (Sweet Cheese Pastries)

Recipe by evelynathens
READY IN: 38mins


  • 4
    cups flour
  • 4
    tablespoons olive oil
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 34
    cup water
  • 1
    lb manouri cheese (ricotta will do in a pinch) or 1 lb fresh mizithra cheese (ricotta will do in a pinch)
  • 1
    egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 12
    teaspoons lemon zest, finely grated
  • 12
    teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2
    tablespoons sugar
  • olive oil (for frying) or clarified butter (for frying)
  • Garnish
  • greek thyme honey or cinnamon sugar


  • Prepare a stiff dough with the flour, olive oil, salt and water.
  • Leave to rest, covered, for an hour.
  • Crumble cheese.
  • Mix well with egg, zest, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Separate dough in two.
  • Take half of dough and roll out 1/8 inch thick on a lightly-floured surface.
  • Using a water glass, cut into small rounds 3 inches in diameter.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture on each round of dough, moisten edges with a little water, fold over and seal well, pressing the edges together with a fork.
  • Repeat with remaining dough and cheese filling.
  • Heat enough olive oil or clarified butter to come up about 3/4 inch of pan.
  • Fry pastries until golden brown.
  • Drizzle with honey or sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar and serve hot.