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Helen’s Ricotta Cheese & Fried Ricotta Cinnamon Pastry Recipe

Posted by Helen's European Cuisine on 22 May 2023
Helen’s Ricotta Cheese & Fried Ricotta Cinnamon Pastry Recipe

Paniyiri 2023 Cooking Demonstration

Ricotta Cheese

Makes 1 large cheese


3L Whole Milk

2 Cups Heavy Cream

1/3 cup White Vinegar

Pinch of salt (optional)



1. Add milk and cream to a large pot on medium-high heat. Stir continuously so the milk heats evenly. Add salt here if you wish.

2. Just before it starts boiling (it should start foaming), turn the burner off.

3. Immediately add the vinegar and stir. You will notice the milk start to solidify and rise to the top of the pan.

4. Let the pot sit for about 20 minutes.

5. Scoop the curds into a strainer or a cheesecloth in a bowl with a large spoon. Refrigerate overnight to harden.

Fried Ricotta Cinnamon Pastries (Bourekia me Arani)


Makes 45-50


1/2 cup vegetable oil + more for frying

2 cups plain flour, sifted

1 cup self-raising flour, sifted

3/4 cup water

1 kg ricotta

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Icing sugar to decorate



1. To prepare the dough, mix the oil and flour, then gradually add the water. You may need more or less. Knead the dough.

2. For the filling, combine the ricotta, sugar & cinnamon.

3. Roll out the dough and cut it into circles. Spoon portions of the filling into the centre and fold the dough over to encase the filling.

4. Prick each pastry with a fork and brush the tops with vegetable oil. Deep fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown. Once cooled, dust with icing sugar.


Author:Helen's European Cuisine