Cheese and caraway pastries recipe (sajtos pogacsa)
- Cuisine: Hungarian
- Makes 30
Ingredients600g (4 cups) plain flour
125g cold butter, chopped
125g cold unsalted butter, chopped
250g farm cheese*
1 egg, beaten with 2 tsp water
2 tbsp grated cheddar
2 tsp caraway seeds
PreparationProcess flour and butters in a food processor to fine crumbs. Place in a bowl with the farm cheese and 1 tbsp water. Using your hands, combine to form a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 3 minutes or until smooth. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before using.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Roll out pastry between 2 sheets of baking paper until 1cm thick. Place pastry on a surface with long edge facing you. Take the short right edge and fold two-thirds of the way to the left, then fold left short edge over to meet the right edge. Rotate 90 degrees and roll out again until 1cm thick. Repeat folding and rolling pastry once more.
Using a 4cm round pastry cutter, cut out 30 rounds and place on 2 lined oven trays. Brush with egg wash and scatter 15 rounds with cheddar and 15 with caraway seeds. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Serve hot.
* Farm cheese, from selected greengrocers and delis, is a soft cow’s-milk cheese that’s similar to cottage cheese, but drier. The Brancourt brand is stocked at most Harris Farm stores.
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As seen in Feast magazine, Issue 9, pg54.
Photography by Alan Benson.
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