How to make it

  • Note: You can substitute Pillsbury Flaky Pastry Dough for home-made flaky pastry dough...if you're lazy like me!
  • Mix the rikotta cheese with the two eggs until the eggs are thoroughly mixed into the rikotta cheese.
  • Add a bit of salt to the mixture for taste.
  • Roll out the dough (do not make the dough too thin.)
  • Cut the dough into three- to four-inch circles.
  • Put one tablespoon of the rikotta cheese mix in the middle of each circle.
  • Fold each circle from the top and the bottom to the centre and squeeze the edges together so that the pocket is sealed (the horizontal ends should be formed into points.)
  • Put the pastizzi on a margarine greased baking sheet.
  • Bake in a moderate oven (350-425 degrees) for about one hour.
  • You will need to experiment a bit with the oven temperature and the cooking time. The pastizzi should be a golden-brown colour when they're ready. They're best eaten when they are warm with a cup of good coffee or tea. Enjoy!
  • Notes:
  • * A variant of this savoury cheesecake is the pea cake where the ricotta, egg filling is replaced with mashed peas with curry seasoning.
  • ** This is not an easy to make dough but its worth the hassle as, once cooked, it gives light crisp layers that melt in the mouth, this thanks to air trapped between the dough layers.
  • *** Store the dough covered with a damp cloth in the refrigerator.

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    " It was excellent "
    davidengland ate it and said...
    I grew up on these cheesecakes in Malta. Even now,I dream of them and hope to now replicate this recipe. :)
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  • loueybe 5 years ago
    Just joined. Thanks for the Maltese recipes. My family is Maltese decent so for our January get together we are having a Maltese potluck supper. I am going to try Pastizzi.
    This is my first time trying these so wish me luck.,
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    " It was excellent "
    hunnee ate it and said...
    thanks for sharing this 555555
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  • masn101 9 years ago
    I'm having a hard time finding "flaky dough sheets" so I tried puff pastry sheets, the pastiizi's came out good, however they opened up on top. Also, I had to brush an egg wash on top. Mom does't make them anymore age + health and she liked them, but I still want to find "flaky dough"
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    " It was excellent "
    samanthaedwards16 ate it and said...
    These are great i had them when i went to malta thanks so much i love the pea cake.
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  • karlyn255 9 years ago
    wonderful recipe. your the reason I started on this site. Found your recipe and I was hooked. Thank you
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    These are great! They sound very tasty.. Nice Recipe .......;-)~~ Jim
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    I like the fact that these are baked and not fried.
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