Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) | How to make Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries)

By Trisha Rudra  |  26th Dec 2016  |  
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Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries)by Trisha Rudra
  • Prep Time

    2

    Hours
  • Cook Time

    35

    mins
  • Serves

    12

    People

12

2

About Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) Recipe

a Romanian recipe that is usually made for Christmas as part of their celebrations, the Poale-n Brau is a sweet bread or sweet pastry, that is filled with sweet cheese & raisins and is enjoyed during Christmas feasts.

Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) is a delicious dish which is enjoyed by the people of every age group. The recipe by Trisha Rudra teaches how to make Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) step by step in detail. This makes it easy to cook Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) in your kitchen at home. This recipe can be served to 12 people. You can find this dish at most restaurants and you can also prepare Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) at home. This amazing and mouthwatering Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) takes 120 minutes for the preparation and 35 minutes for cooking. The aroma of this Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) is so tempting that makes you want to eat it. When you want to prepare something very tasty and delicious for special occasion then Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) is a good option for you. The flavour of Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) is palatable and you will enjoy each and every bite of this. Try this Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) and impress your family and friends.

Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries)

Ingredients to make Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries)

  • All-purpose Flour – 3 cups
  • Ricotta cheese – 1 cup (150 gms)
  • sugar – 3/4 cup (1/2 for dough and 1/4 for the filling)
  • Milk powder – 4 tbsp (optional)
  • Golden raisins – 60 gms
  • Active dry yeast – 2 and 1/4 tsp
  • Warm water – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup (I used 1/4 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup oil)
  • eggs – 3 (1 for the dough, 1 for the filling) and 1 for egg wash
  • Zest of 1 lemon

How to make Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries)

  1. In a bowl, add lukewarm water, and dissolve 1 tbsp sugar. To this, add the yeast, and stir with a spoon to mix it in.
  2. Let this sit for 10 mins, or until you see the top bubbly and frothy. (I usually make two batches of the yeast mixture in case one fails)
  3. In a large bowl, add the flour and make a well in the center. Add the lemon zest, and mix it in.
  4. Now add the yeast mixture and mix it through the flour. Add the melted butter & oil and the egg
  5. Add the sugar, and mix everything with a large spoon.
  6. Now begin kneading the flour; use your hands, or use a beater/mixer with the dough hook attachment.
  7. Knead until you have a smooth, slightly sticky, soft dough..about 8 to 10 mins.
  8. Now oil another large bowl and place the dough in it. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and place it in a warm spot in the kitchen to rise for 1 hour. (I put it inside my preheated oven for 1 hour 30 mins).
  9. In a bowl, add the ricotta, milk powder, remaining sugar and raisins. Mix and keep in the fridge until use.
  10. After the hour is up, check the dough. Punch it and deflate the dough.
  11. Now roll it out into a log, and make equal sized dough portions out of it.
  12. Take each dough and roll it out into a 6 inch by 6 inch square shape..it will be quite thin, but don’t worry since it will rise some more.
  13. Place 2 tsp of the cheese mixture in the center of each square and then fold over each corner of the square over to the middle and pinch in the middle to make the dough stick.
  14. Now fold each newly formed corner over to the middle again and pinch it in the middle.
  15. Make sure you pinch it well, otherwise the dough will open up. (this is where I faltered. So I used a dab of water to make the dough ends glue together)
  16. Repeat with remaining dough and cheese mixture.
  17. Preheat oven to 170 C Brush the pastries with egg wash and let the pastries sit out for another 10 minutes so they rise a bit more.
  18. Bake for 30 to 35 mins or until pastries are golden on top.
  19. Cool on a wire rack, and dust powdered sugar before serving.
  20. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy these sweet treats.

My Tip:

The milk powder is optional. I felt like my filling was too liquid and thus added a bit. The pastries are best enjoyed warm right out of the oven. If you need to store them, do so in an air-tight container. Keeps well for a week.

Reviews for Poale-n Brau (Romanian Sweet Cheese and Raisin Pastries) (2)

Namita Tiwari2 years ago

Very beautiful recipe Trisha. You've written it so well
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aliza singh2 years ago

great dear..they look perfect
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