Halloumi Pastries

Halloumi PastriesWhen I used to live in Cyprus I would pay a visit to a local bakery on a weekly basis and there was only a few times I’d return without something that had halloumi in it. Now in Israel my favorite sandwich in a local coffee shop is a halloumi sandwich and whenever I find Cypriot halloumi in my local store I buy some home. Needless to say, I love halloumi and it’s time I used it in baking. So here are my first halloumi pastries, I’d like to think they are somewhat healthier because of the 40% whole wheat dough.

Ingredients (makes 12 pastries)

For the dough:

  • 50g butter, softened
  • 80g Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 70g plain flour
  • 50g whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powderHalloumipastries

For the filling:

  • 150g Halloumi cheese, shredded
  • few mint leaves, rinsed and cutHalloumi Pastries

+ an egg for glazing

++ sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Place the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. Add softened butter and cream cheese, mix and knead for few minutes by hand, until you get a soft dough that comes of the bowl leaving it clean.Halloumi Pastries
  3. Place the dough in refrigerator for minimum of one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 200ºC and prepare a baking sheet with baking paper.
  5. Prepare filling by mixing shredded halloumi and cut mint leaves.Halloumipastries3
  6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface, then cut into pieces for filling. I cut long about 5 cm wide stripes and placed on a mini muffin pan, which I find a great tool for filling purposes:  Fill one sideHalloumi Pastries
  7. Then apply another stripe on top and attach by pinching with your fingers.
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  8. Turn it around and cut into square shaped pieces.Halloumi Pastries
  9. Glaze with lightly beaten egg, sprinkle with sesame seeds.Halloumi Pastries
  10. bake for 20 minutes, until slightly browned.Halloumi Pastries
  11. Serve and eat warm or cold, however you prefer.Halloumi Pastries

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