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Kaltsounia for Easter - Greek Traditional Pastries

Updated on March 10, 2014

Kaltsounia - Kaltsunia

Kaltsunia are traditional Cretan pastries, baked for Easter by local population. There is actually no house in Crete that doesn't make these sweet pastries for Orthodox Easter.The recipe is based on local products and habits. Enjoy

3.5 stars from 2 ratings of Sweet Pastries

Cook Time

Prep time: 50 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 70-90 depends on size
Fresh just made Kaltsounia
Fresh just made Kaltsounia

Ingredients for filling

  • 1kg mizithra
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tablespoon vanillin
  • 1/4 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon rose water

Ingredients for dough

  • 1kg flour with baking powder
  • 250g butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 and 1/5 cup sugar
  • 1/5 cup milk
  • 1/4 tablespoon vanillin

Prepare the filling

  1. Place mizithra in the bowl, add sugar, 3 eggs. Stir these ingredients well until you have yellowish cream-like mixture.
  2. Add ground cinnamon, ground cloves, vanillin and one tablespoon of rose water. Stir the filling well one more time.
Cutting and Shaping Kaltsunia
Cutting and Shaping Kaltsunia

Prepare the dough

  1. Mix the butter with eggs, add sugar, vanillin and milk.
  2. Once sugar is completely dissolved start adding the flour.
  3. Mash the dough with your hands and keep adding flour. At the end the dough must be soft and tender. If necessary you can add more flour but be careful do not overdo it.
  4. Shape the dough into phyllo 0.5cm and cut it into small squares as it shown in the picture.
  5. Add the filling in the middle of the square and close it as it shown in the picture. Place them one by one on the baking tray. (use baking paper or brush the tray with olive oil)
  6. Brush pastries with egg or milk and sprinkle with the sesame.
  7. Bake kaltsounia at 180C for 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 piece
Calories 168
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 25 g8%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 7 g14%
Cholesterol 40 mg13%
Sodium 75 mg3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Hey, thanks a lot :)

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Sam! This recipe sounds interesting. Surely going to give it a try.

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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Thank you Kathryn for your kind words :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Thank you for your comment :)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      this looks good and easy. Gonna bookmark this page for sure. Voted up

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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Sweet Sheri I'm so glad we follow each other :) Thank you :)

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      SAM ELDER 4 years ago from Home

      Ceres thank you for your kind words

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I am so making this! Sharing, pinning ect...this could easily go viral in pinistrest.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      These look good and delicious. And your images help to show that. It's also good how you added images of the process of making the recipe and you even have nutrition facts, which is also useful for the readers.