Nothing is better than a nice warm breakfast that does not just include your typical bread and cheese or a type of spread. Ideally I prefer to have fruit first thing in the morning but sometimes I like to treat myself with something more. (If my family reads the last sentence they will define something more as salted or smoked sardines or fish and other unusual types of food or combinations such as toasted bread with feta cheese and strawberry jam) Apart from those times that I do indeed have cravings for not your typical breakfast food I like pies with cheese or cream fillings, a typical Thessaloniki morning treat. I had made some filo pastry the other day and I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make a big pie or small ones. I decided to go for small ones as I could have different fillings. The good thing about all types of pastry is that it goes with any type of ingredient so you can mix and match according to your appetite. I won’t give the recipe for the filo pastry this time but will give the recipes for the two fillings.

Cheese pies ingredients:

250g filo pastry

200g a mixture of any type of cheese

1 egg

1 tbsp parsley

salt, pepper

Cream pies ingredients:

250g filo pastry

2 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup fine semolina

1/2 cup sugar

2 small eggs

pinch of salt

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

(if we like it Chios mastic spice)

butter and egg yolk

For the cheese pies we beat the egg with a fork and in a bowl just mix all the ingredients together.

For the cream pies we boil the milk with the mastic, salt and sugar. We remove from the stove and add the semolina and keep stirring. We lower the temperature to medium and return the pan on the stove. We keep stirring until we get a thick cream. We beat the eggs with a fork and add them along with the butter in the cream. Lastly we add the vanilla essence.

We cut the filo pastry in strips approximately three fingers wide. We lay one strip and brush it with melted butter. We place another strip on top and brush it with butter. At the edge of the strip we spoon 2 tsp of the filling. Fold the filo on top of the filling to create a triangle. Keep folding until the end of the strip.

Beat the egg yolk and add 1 tbs of water. Brush the pies with the mixture. This will give them a nice gloss. You can sprinkle sesame on top of the cheese pies too.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for approximately 15-20 or until golden.

Sprinkle some icing sugar and cinnamon on the cream pies once out of the oven.