Flaounes are the traditional Easter cheese breads made in Cyprus.
Preparation Time:40 minutes
Cooking Time:20 minutes
Level of Difficulty:Easy
- For the pastry:
- • 1kg plain flour
- • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- • 1 heaped cup unsalted butter
- • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
- • 3 eggs
- • 1 cup milk
- • 1 cup orange juice
- • 1 teaspoon cherry mahaleb grains
- • 1 teaspoon mastic grains
- For the Cheese filling:
- • 5 cups Flaouna cheese, grated (or Cheddar cheese)
- • 3 cups Halloumi Cheese, grated
- • 1 tablespoon Semolina
- • 5 eggs well beaten
- • 1 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- • 1 tablespoon sugar
- • 8 tablespoons finely chopped dried mint
- • 1 cup sultanas
- • 6 cherry mahaleb grains
- • 6 mastic grains
- For glazing:
- • 2 beaten eggs
- • 1 1 cups sesame seeds
- 2. For the pastry, beat butter and sugar, add eggs and then the flour, baking powder, mahaleb grains and mastic grains. Add enough milk and orange juice so that the pastry will not stick to your hands.
- 3. Roll out the pastry to a thickness of about 5mm and cut out between 10-15cm rounds or squares. Add a generous tablespoon of filling into the centre of the pastry. Pull pastry up at 3 points to make a triangle. About 2cm of pastry should overlap the filling. Press points of triangles to seal edges.
- 4. Put sesame seeds into a saucepan cover with water and bring to boil; drain, rinse with cold water and add to the lightly beaten eggs. Brush each bun generously with the egg and sesame glaze.
- 5. Preheat oven 180C bake the flaounes for 20 minutes until well risen and then reduce the heat to 150C and bake until golden brown