Branzoaice (Romanian Lemon Pastries)


In Romania they like sweets! There's a Romanian cheese that's similar to ricotta and it's absolutely amazing. Try these branzoaice, delicious lemon pastry!

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Branzoaice (Romanian lemon pastries)
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2016-08-25, this recipe is for 6 people and takes 40 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 01-03-2021

40 minutes 6 people Desserts
Branzoaice (Romanian lemon pastries)


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Ingredients dough

  • 275 grams all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 eggs + 1 egg for coating
  • 50 grams sugar + extra for coating
  • 1/2 sachet dry yeast or 12 grams fresh yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 25 ml neutral oil or 30 grams melted butter
  • 125 ml milk
  • 1/2 lemon (zest)

Ingredients filling

  • 250 grams brânza de vaca (Romanian cheese) or use ricotta instead
  • 1 egg
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 lemon (zest)
  • pinch of salt
Branzoaice (Romanian lemon pastries) ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • standmixer
  • clean kitchen towel
  • rolling-pin
  • small knife
  • silicone kitchen brush

Branzoaice (Romanian Lemon Pastries)

40 minutes 6 people Desserts

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Preparation -- 10 minutes + waiting time

The dough is very easy, all you have to do is combine the flour, 1 1/2 eggs, sugar, dry yeast, milk, oil and lemon zest. When it's combined, also add the salt. This is because the yeast will work better if it's not in direct contact with the salt.

Branzoaice (Romanian-lemon-pastries)
Branzoaice (Romanian-lemon-pastries)

If you are using fresh yeast, you'll have to dissolve it into a bit of milk that's heated up to about lukewarm before you add it to the mixture. You'll notice the dough is a bit sticky, but that's okay.  

Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let it rise for about an hour, or until doubled in size. Meanwhile combine all the ingredients for the filling.

Baking the branzoaice -- 30 minutes

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius or 350 degrees fahrenheit.  

Branzoaice before folding shut
Branzoaice before folding shut

Divide the dough into about 12 equal pieces. Dust your work surface and rolling-pin with flour and roll out the little dough balls into rounds. Use a small knife to cut the edges inwards, like we did on the pictures above.

Scoop a spoonful of filling into the middle of the dough and fold it inwards. You can also roll out the dough and cut out squares and fold them as an envelope, it's however you like them best.  

Folding a Branzoaice
Folding a Branzoaice

Use a silicone kitchen brush to coat the pastries with a beaten egg. The leftover beaten egg can be used again after baking them, so don't throw it out.

Bake the pastries for about 15 minutes, or until they're beautiful golden brown depending on your oven and thickness of the dough.

Let them cool off slightly for about 15 to 20 minutes and then add a little bit of sugar to the beaten egg and coat the pastries again for a beautiful shiny result. Enjoy!  

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