Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry and Bright

In keeping with annual tradition, despite having just survived a 15 hour flight home from Thailand, friends and family gathered today at my house for cookie decorating.  There was eating, drinking, and merriment making.  I love catching up with friends from far away and having a house full of my favorite people spending a relaxing afternoon together.  

Mom is all smiles:

Leslie learns to make burekas:

Overcome with the Christmas spirit of giving, I'm sharing the recipe below:


1 package of puff pastry sheets
8 oz farmers cheese
3 Tbs crumbled feta cheese
4 Tbs grated mozzarella
2 eggs (one for the filling mixture, one for "gluing" the pockets and to brush on top)
2-3 Tbs sesame seeds

Thaw the pastry sheets as directed on the package.  Prepare the filling by combining all 3 cheeses and 1 egg.  Unfold each pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface and roll out to about half the original thickness. Cut each sheet into 12 squares of equal size.  Fill each square with about 1 tsp of the cheese mixture.  Brush the edges of each square with egg and fold over dough to form a triangle, pinch closed with your fingers. Arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Brush the top of each pocket with egg and sprinkle with a pinch of sesame seeds. Bake for 15-20 minutes in an oven that's been preheated to 400 degrees.  Best hot out of the oven, enjoy!

It was a serious productions of rolling, cutting, baking and decorating. Don't worry we saved some cookies for you:


1 comment:

  1. Sorry I missed it....and the bureckas!! You are my hero, I don't know where you get your energy! It was great spending Christmas with you. Thanks for saving me some yummy cookies! Too bad you sent the cinnamon rolls home with me...I WILL eat them all unfortunately! Love you!