Placinte Recipe (Moldavian Pastries with Brinza)

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You don’t necessarily have to be a cheese lover to enjoy these incredibly delicious Moldavian pastries. Stuffed with a combination of feta & mozzarella cheese (brinza), these stuffed flat cakes sure taste amazing for their not so appealing shape. 

This recipe is pretty authentic as my mom got this recipe from a Moldavian lady, some time ago. These have been made so many times by my mother and have even been requested at times (yes, they really are that good!) Served best fresh off the skillet, but can easily be re-heated in a toaster oven for best results. I highly encourage you to try this dish to see what it’s all about.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 cups feta cheese & 2 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese, combined
  • 1/2 cup oil for frying

ingredients-for-placinteDirections:

1. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the egg, buttermilk, milk and 3 tbsp of oil until dough comes together (dough should be tacky.) Knead in remaining 1/2 cup of flour until a soft dough forms.

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2. Divide the dough into 8 balls, using a 1/2 cup measuring scoop for even shapes.

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3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to a 9″ circle. Place 1 cup of the cheese blend in the center and fold in the edges, pinching them to the top. Gently roll out again to an 8″ circle and fry over med-low heat until golden (about 2 min on each side.)

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Tip: For a less saltier cheese taste, remove feta cheese from the brine and soak in milk for 24 hours. 

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Placinta Recipe (Moldovan Cheese Filled Cakes)
 
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Serves: 8 cakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 cups feta cheese & 2 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese, combined
  • ½ cup oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together 3½ cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the egg, buttermilk, milk and 3 tbsp of oil until dough comes together (dough should be tacky.) Knead in remaining ½ cup of flour until a soft dough forms.
  2. Divide the dough into 8 balls, using a ½ cup measuring scoop for even shapes.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to a 9" circle. Place 1 cup of the cheese blend in the center and fold in the edges, pinching them to the top. Gently roll out again to an 8" circle and fry over med-low heat until golden (about 2 min on each side.)

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2 thoughts on “Placinte Recipe (Moldavian Pastries with Brinza)

  1. Comfort food!!! These turned out soft and delicious! They were gone quickly with tea and raspberry jam. Thank you for the recipe.

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