Pastry

  Bougatsa with Semolina Pastry Cream Bougatsa has its origins from the Byzantine period (before the fall of the city in 1453), when Constantinople was still Greek and was famous for its plakountes, which meant flat and when these were later taken by the Romans  were called placentae.  The word bougatsa is also connected with […]

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One of my favourite ingredients is mushrooms but making a mushroom pie was out of the question as two out of five members of my family hate mushrooms. My son George also loves mushrooms as much as I do and has been asking me for quite a long time to make a mushroom pie.  When […]

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Continue reading about Manitaropita me Prassa (Homemade Greek Mushroom Pie with Leeks)

Ivy on Ιουλίου 11th, 2009

Kotopita is one of many types of pita, or Greek savory pies.    After making the pork and beef galettes using leeks, I wanted to try leeks with chicken as well. I based this pie on the Chicken Pie I used to make in the past, only instead of using puff pastry I used the provencal […]

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Ivy on Ιουλίου 6th, 2009

Tiganopsomo, which means fried bread is very easy to make.   All you need is any kind of yeast bread dough, which is fried in olive oil.  Some times it is filled with cheese, such as feta or any other hard Greek cheese but when it is not filled, it can turn into a dessert by […]

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Ivy on Ιουνίου 21st, 2009

Horiatiko phyllo which is the Greek equivalent to Provençal Pastry is one of many types of phyllo used in Greek cuisine to make pastry.  Horiatiko is a thicker phyllo than the usual one which is used to make «pittes» or pies.   It is very easy to make on your own but in Greece you can […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 2nd, 2007

In the Greek language there is only one word for pumpkins, squash or courgettes (zucchini) and the word is «kolokythi or kolokytha».   Kolokotes, therefore are traditional Cypriot pastries, similar to calzone, empanadas, boureki or pies as we call them, made with squash and are neither sweat or salty.   They are vegan and perfect for […]

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Ivy on Νοεμβρίου 1st, 2007

Phyllo comes from the Greek word φύλλο which means leaf because the dough is rolled out as thin as a leaf  (and even more) but also the word phyllo means sheet. Homemade phyllo takes time and skill to make but if you follow my instructions, it won’t be that difficult.  To make phyllo you have […]

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