Purekkia is a Cypriot pastry dessert, traditionally stuffed with anari cheese (fresh mild whey cheese). For my vegan version I'm using silken tofu, that resembles perfectly the texture of anari!
Vegan, nut free | 26-28 pieces | DESSERT
- 250g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 110-125ml lukewarm water
- 300g silken tofu
- 1 tablespoon of rose water
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of plant based fresh cream (I used Alpro single soya)
- Vegetable oil
- Icing sugar
1.In a large bowl add the flour and salt and mix.
2.Add the vegetable oil and combine well with your hands.
3.Then add the water bit by bit while mixing. I used 125ml but depending on your flour you might need less.
4.Once the dough comes together, add on a clean and floured surface, and knead for 5-10 minutes until is soft and not sticky.
5.Shape into a ball, add back in the bowl and cover with a dump kitchen towel. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
6.While the dough is resting, prepare the filling, by adding all the ingredients in a bowl and combining well. Make sure to break the tofu using a fork and adjust the sweetness to your preference (just keep in mind that we will serve with icing sugar).
7.Add the dough on a clean and floured surface and cut in the middle. Cover the piece that you are not using.
8.Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a thin pastry.
9.Add 1/2-3/4 teaspoon of the filling on the dough, cover, tap and push with your gently with your fingers to secure the edges. Use a ravioli cutter or a glass to cut into half-moon shapes.
10.Make sure not to overfill the pockets and to seal them very well.
11.Keep the pastries in a tray covered with a dump towel, so they don't dry out.
12.Reuse the dough cuttings, by forming a ball and rolling into a thin pastry.
13.Once you used all the dough and filling, heat the vegetable oil in a shallow pan or pot.
14.Once the oil is hot, fry few at a time until golden in both sides.
15.Place on a plate with kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil.
16.Leave aside to cool down and dust some icing sugar.
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