Recreating your favorite ethnic pastry at home is easy with this easy recipe -- you can even fill, shape, and freeze the turnovers for up to a month, then bake them from frozen.
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- Servings: 4
Source: Everyday Food, April 2010
- 3/4 cup whole-milk ricotta
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon or orange zest (optional)
- 1 large egg
- Coarse salt
- 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons honey, plus more for serving
- 6 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine ricotta, sugar, vanilla, zest (if using), egg, and pinch of salt. Mix well to combine. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and honey on high until butter melts, 30 to 45 seconds. Stir well to combine.
Lay 1 sheet phyllo on a work surface (cover other sheets with a lightly damp towel). Using a pastry brush, gently brush with honey mixture. Lay 2 more sheets phyllo on top, brushing each with honey mixture. Cut crosswise into 4 rectangles. Place 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture at one end of each rectangle; gently fold phyllo around ricotta like a flag. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining 3 sheets phyllo. Bake until golden brown and shiny, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm, drizzled with more honey.