These mini flaounes or flaounitses as we call them, are easy to make and are an excellent snack and the perfect finger food for parties.
In Cyprus flaounes are made during Easter and the traditional recipe is much more complex but tastier, because in the dough we put a lot of other ingredients.
The cheese used is made especially for this occasion but during other periods we make them with halloumi cheese.
How to make Mini Flaounes
Prepare the dough:
You can use bread flour or all-purpose flour. You can also add some spices in the dough. See the recipe for the Easter Flaounes.
Put the flour in a large bowl and pour in the oil. Using your fingertips rub the flour until all the oil has been absorbed. (This procedure is called “riziazo” in Cyprus). Add vinegar and then water gradually. Mix until the dough is soft but not sticky on your hands.
Place on a floured surface and knead for five few minutes. Cover with a clean tower and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
You can also make the dough in your stand mixer.
Prepare the filling:
Grate the cheese.
Mix in some mint (fresh or dried) and add the eggs, one by one until eggs have been absorbed by cheese.
If you like raisins, add them in the filling.
Preparing mini flaounes
Place a small coffee plate and cut around.
In a separate plate, add the sesame seeds and then put the dough on the sesame seeds.
Place the upper part on the sesame seeds because if the other has flour on it the sesame seeds will not stick on the dough.
Fill with one tablespoonful of the cheese mixture and fold three sides creating a triangle.
Of course, you can make them rectangular, square or round, if you prefer.
Press edges with a fork to seal the filling.
Beat an egg and brush the flaounes on top.
Place in a baking tray lined with parchment paper or an oiled tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden on top.
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For the Dough:
- 500 grams all purpose flour (or bread flour)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 200 ml water (about 1 cup)
For the filling:
- 500 grams halloumi cheese or a combination of graviera, or kefalograviera or ladotyri cheese
- 3 - 4 large eggs
- 3 tbsp dried mint or ½ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp or more Corinthian raisins
Prepare the dough:
- See step by step how to make the dough.
- Grate the cheese.
- Add the mint and raisins. Then add eggs, one by one until eggs have
been absorbed by cheese.
- Roll out the phyllo with a rolling pin or by machine until No. 4.
- Place a tea plate and cut around.
- In a separate plate, place the sesame seeds and press the dough on the sesame.
- Add a heaped tablespoonful of the cheese mixture and fold three sides creating a triangle or four if you like you can make them square or rectangle.
- Press the edges with a fork to seal the filling.
- Beat an egg and brush the flaounes on top.
- Place them on an oiled baking tin or lined with parchment paper and bake in a
preheated oven to 180o C / 350F, for about 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Serve hot or cold.
Nutrition InformationYield 15 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 284Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 78mgSodium 384mgCarbohydrates 27gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 13g
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