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Bourekia me Freskia Anari – Pastries with Fresh Anari Cheese

Bourekia me Freskia Anari – Pastries with Fresh Anari Cheese

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Bourekia is  a pastry made with a thin flaky  phyllo, and are filled with anari which is the Cypriot name of the cheese, which is similar to anthotyros or ricotta.  

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Anari is a white soft whey cheese which is produced when making halloumi or kefalotyri.   

It has a delicate, creamy flavour, slightly sweet, which makes it perfect to use in both sweet and savoury pastries or other desserts.

In this recipe the cheese filling is sweetened and flavoured by adding sugar, cinnamon and orange blossom water. 

If you cannot find anari or Greek anthotyros or myzithra, you can substitute it with Greek manouri or with ricotta.   

In Crete bourekia are called kaltsounia.   You will also find similar pastries with different names, such as turnovers, empanadas, calzone, borek, samosa etc.

They can also be made savoury as well with other kind of cheese,  such as halloumi, graviera or feta but also filled with minced meat, mushrooms, spinach, pumpkin, potatoes or other fillings.

During Lent you can make a different kind of Bourekia Nistisima (Lenten) by filling them with store bought halvas.

How to make Bourekia

To make Bourekia you must first make some homemade dough

dough image

After the dough rests for about half a hour, roll out a thin phyllo sheet.

Rolling phyllo image

You can roll out the phyllo, the traditional way with a rolling pin or if you have a pasta machine, you can roll the phyllo much easier.

Phyllo with pasta machine image

Add a tablespoon filling, between each one leaving some space between each one. 

Then brush the empty space with olive oil or vegetable oil and cover them with the phyllo.

Pressing bourekia with finger image

Press the gaps with your finger in order to stick together.

Cut it using a drinking water glass starting from one end to the other to form semi-circle pastries. 

Cutting bourekia with a ravioli cutter image

(Traditionally they are cut with a water glass but we can cut them with a knife and press the edges with a fork or use a ravioli cutter).   

making bourekia image

At this stage you can freeze them. 

Put them in a tray, adding cling film between each layer.  When they freeze, you can empty them in zip lock bags.

Fry them without thawing them.

Put them on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil and served them with some icing sugar on top.

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Bourekia me Freskia Anari - Pastries with Fresh Anari Cheese

Yield: 40
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Boureki (plural bourekia) is a type of pastry made of a thin flaky dough known as phyllo and are filled with anari (anthotyros or myzithra, as it is known in Greece), which is similar to ricotta.


  • 1 dose phyllo, using all purpose flour
  • Olive oil or peanut oil for frying
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling on top


  • 500 grams (1.10 lbs) fresh anari
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 - 3 tbsp orange blossom water


  1. Prepare the dough and set aside to rest for half an hour. 
  2. To make the filling, crumble the anari with a fork and mix all ingredients except the icing sugar and make a fluffy mixture. 
  3. Roll out the dough into a thin sheet of phyllo and place one tablespoon cheese mixture, leaving a gap of about 3 cm (or 1 inch) and continue to fill the pastry. Wet the gaps with olive oil and fold the pastry over the filling to enclose it completely.  
  4. Press the gaps with your finger in order to stick together and cut it using a drinking water glass starting from one end to the other to form semi-circle pastries. 
  5. Heat the oil and fry the bourekia on both sides until golden brown. 
  6. Place on kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil and when they cool, sprinkle with icing sugar on top.
Nutrition Information
Yield 40 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 32Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 0g

"These values are automatically calculated and offered for guidance only. Their accuracy is not guaranteed."

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