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TIROPITA PUFF PASTRY BRAID

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Ingredients

  • Serves 6:
  • 1 (8-9 oz.) puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • Egg wash: 1 egg yolk plus 2 tablespoons water
  • Optional: sesame seeds for garnish
  • For the Cheese Filling:
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 4 oz ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ tablespoons fresh chopped mint
  • 1 egg

Instructions

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Preheat the oven to 400 °F, 200°C.

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Lightly dust your work surface with some all-purpose flour. Roll out the puff pastry to a 12” by 15” rectangle. Place the puff pastry sheet on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

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Make an even number of diagonal cuts down each side (approx. 1 inch apart) of the rectangle. Chill in the refrigerator while the filling is prepared.

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In a small bowl, whisk the egg with the ricotta cheese until combined. Add the crumbled feta and the yogurt. Mix well and season with a dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

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Spread the cheese mixture down the center of the prepared puff pastry.

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Fold the diagonal strips of dough in a criss-cross pattern over the filling, forming a braid.

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Press the ends together to seal the top and bottom.

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Brush with the egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

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Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.

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Bake in the center rack of the oven until puffed and golden brown. About 30-35 minutes.

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Allow to cool completely before serving.

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Make ahead tips:

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The puff pastry braid can be assembled, chilled in the freezer until firm, then wrapped with parchment paper and foil and kept frozen until ready to bake.

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It stays fresh in the freezer (unbaked) up to 3 weeks.

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When ready to bake, brush with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar and bake until puffed and golden. This can take 45-50 minutes.

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