desserts,  pies

Sweet cheese and raisin pies – video recipe

Soft and fluffy, packed with flavor and loaded with sweetened curd cheese and raisins… Mmm, I’m already drooling :). These sweet cheese and raisin pies are the best homemade pies and you definitely have to give them a try!

These hand pies are very popular in Romania and there are 2 versions: the sweet version (which I prefer) and the savory version.

For the savory version use only 1 teaspoon of sugar and replace the curd cheese with feta cheese. Optional you may add 2-3 green onions or 1 bunch of fresh dill.

But now let’s get back to our sweet cheese and raisin pies.

The dough is very easy to make and easy to work with. The recipe calls for simple ingredients like flour, butter, milk, egg yolks, sugar and yeast. For this recipe I prefer to use dried yeast because the dough will be much easier to stretch.

The filling is made with curd cheese, eggs, sugar and raisins. I think you can substitute curd cheese with quark cheese.

Also you can make your own curd cheese from scratch. It’s very easy and it calls for simple and budget friendly ingredients.

Once the dough is ready to use, divide it into 2 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a rectangle, cut into squares and spoon the filling in the middle of each square. Then fold the dough over the filling, let rest for 20-30 minutes, brush with egg wash and bake.

Serve these delicious sweet cheese and raisin pies warm, with a dust of sugar.

You should also try:

cheese and raisin pie

cinnamon rolls

chocolate custard filled   crescent rolls

jam and walnuts filled crescent rolls

black and white crescent rolls

Ingredients for sweet cheese and raisin pies (the recipe makes 12 pies)

For dough:

– 550 gr (4 1/3 cups) flour 

– 250 ml (1 cup and 1 tablespoon) milk

– 7 gr (1 tablespoon) dried yeast or 25 gr (2 tablespoons) fresh yeast 

– 2 egg yolks

– 50 gr (1/2 stick minus 1 teaspoon) butter

– 80 gr (1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon) sugar

– a pinch of salt

– vanilla essence

optional: lemon zest from 1/2 lemon

For filling

– 350-400 gr (12-14 oz) curd cheese

– 150 gr (3/4 cup) sugar

– 2 eggs

– 2 tablespoons semolina flour

– 100 gr (3.5 oz) raisins

– vanilla essence

optional: lemon zest from 1/2 lemon

You also need powdered sugar for dusting

For the egg wash: 1 egg yolk mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water

How to make sweet cheese and raisin pies

You should start by soaking the raisins. Place the raisins into a small bowl, pour in water and cover. You may also add your favorite essence Let sit while you make the dough.

Stir together flour and dried yeast. Set aside

Place milk and butter into a small pot. Heat the milk until the butter is completely melted. Set aside and let cool for a few minutes.

Use a large bowl to combine sugar, a pinch of salt, vanilla essence and the egg yolks. Pour in the butter milk mixture.

Stir in the flour, gradually. When the dough becomes too thick to stir continue to knead until the whole flour is incorporated. You should obtain a soft and elastic dough. If the dough is too sticky, you may add a little more flour (1-2 tablespoons)

Transfer the dough to a slightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes – 1 hour (or until double in size).

Meanwhile prepare the filling

Use a bowl to combine curd cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence and semolina flour. Stir in the raisins, drained.

Place the risen dough onto the floured working surface; divide into 2 equal pieces.

Place one piece of dough onto the floured working surface. Roll out the dough into a 22-33cm (9/13 inches) rectangle. Cut 6 equal squares.

Spoon the filling in the middle of each square. Fold the dough over the filling (bring together the opposite corners)

Repeat with the remaining dough

Place the pies onto a non stick baking pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for about 30 minutes.

Brush with egg wash.

Place the pies into the preheated oven and bake at 200ºC (400ºF) For about 15-20 minutes.

Serve these delicious sweet cheese and raisin pies warm, with a dust of sugar.

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