Embrace the Art of Hand-Rolled Crispy Pastries: A Timeless Recipe

Indulge in the delightful process of crafting hand-rolled crispy pastries, a cherished tradition passed down through generations. Join me on a culinary journey as we explore the secrets of this delectable recipe, which I’ve been perfecting since learning it from a wise 70-year-old master.


Have you ever craved a crispy, golden pastry that melts in your mouth with each bite? Join me in uncovering the magic of hand-rolled crispy pastries, a culinary adventure that combines simplicity with irresistible flavor.


Gather these simple yet essential ingredients to embark on your pastry-making journey:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk for spreading
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 cups of flour
  • 4.4 ounces (125 grams) of cow butter or margarine
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) of cow’s cheese

Mixing the Dough

In a bowl, combine the water and eggs, then gradually add the sifted flour and salt. Mix until a cohesive dough forms. Knead by hand until the dough becomes smooth and no longer sticks to your hands or the bowl.

Rolling and Folding

Embrace the Art of Hand-Rolled Crispy Pastries

Divide the dough into two equal parts and roll each into thin crusts. Spread softened butter or margarine evenly over the surface, then fold the dough like an envelope. Repeat the folding process, ensuring to butter between each fold, until you achieve a compact rectangle. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.

Preparing the Filling

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle and cut into squares. Crumble the cheese and place it in the center of each square.


Enclose the cheese with the dough squares, pressing firmly to seal the edges. Arrange the pastries on a baking dish lined with parchment paper.


Beat the egg yolk and brush it over each pastry for a golden finish. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes or until they turn golden brown.


Serve the crispy pastries warm, allowing the irresistible aroma to tantalize your senses. Pair with your favorite beverage and enjoy every crispy, cheesy bite.


Hand-rolled crispy pastries are more than just a recipe; they’re a testament to tradition, craftsmanship, and the joy of savoring simple pleasures. Embrace the art of pastry-making and delight in the satisfaction of creating something truly special.


  1. Why are hand-rolled pastries better? Hand-rolled pastries offer a personal touch and superior texture compared to store-bought alternatives. Each pastry is crafted with care, ensuring a crispy, flaky crust and flavorful filling.
  2. Can I use different types of cheese? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with various cheeses to customize the flavor of your pastries. From sharp cheddar to creamy brie, the options are endless.
  3. Can I freeze the pastries for later? Yes, you can freeze the unbaked pastries for future enjoyment. Simply assemble the pastries, then freeze them on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer-safe container. When ready to bake, allow them to thaw slightly before baking as usual.
  4. How long do the pastries stay fresh? Hand-rolled crispy pastries are best enjoyed fresh from the oven but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. Reheat in the oven for a few minutes to restore their crispiness.
  5. Can I add additional fillings to the pastries? Absolutely! Get creative with your fillings by adding herbs, spices, or even cooked meats to customize your pastries to your taste preferences. Just ensure the fillings are fully cooked before assembling the pastries.
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