The taste of childhood and the taste of Moldova in one; that’s the sweet cheesecake called “Poale-n Brâu”!
Known and loved in Romania especially during the Christmas season, there is hardly anyone who has not tried this sweet treat. With the sweet cheese filling, the white icing sugar coating and the special gift shape, this cake is definitely a favourite at the festive table.

Here we will tell you how to prepare this delicacy yourself:

Preparation time:
30 min dough preparation + 1 hour for the dough to rise + 20 min baking time

Ingredients (dough):
550 g flour
one cube – 15/20 gr – yeast
2 egg yolks (keep egg white for the filling)
300 ml warm milk
50 g melted butter
3 lg sugar
A pinch of salt
Peel of one lemon and one orange
Vanilla sugar

ingredients (filling):
500gr cow cheese (you can find granulated cheese at Aldi/Lidl or in the Russian grocery store)
Remaining egg white from the dough
Peel of one lemon and one orange
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
1 egg yolk to spread on the tartlets

Place the flour in a bowl together with a tablespoon of sugar and the yeast dissolved in a little warm milk. Then stir in the egg yolk, spices, salt and the remaining milk with the melted butter until all ingredients are mixed together. Then you have to knead the dough for about 10 minutes (you can also use a kitchen robot) until it is smooth and sticks together well. After kneading, place the dough on a heat source (heater, pot with warm water), cover and let it rest for about an hour. The yeast will ideally allow your dough to rise to double its size.

When the dough has risen, you can divide it in two and roll it out with a rolling pin. If you manage to do this, the dough should be rolled out in a square shape, then cutting out a total of 9 squares (for each half of the dough) later is much easier.

After you have mixed the ingredients for the fillings well, you can use a spoon to place one portion of filling on each square of dough (so that the filling does not overcook, sprinkle some sugar on top).

Then it gets a bit tricky; after you have filled all squares, you have to close the cake packs. This is best done by gluing the opposite corners together with a finger moistened in water. As a final product you should have a small gift-shaped pastry bag.

Before you put the cakes in the oven, let them rise for another 15 minutes and then brush them with some mixed egg yolk.
As a last step put your tartlets in the preheated oven at 190°C and let them bake for 15-20 minutes. When the cakes have risen nicely, you can sprinkle some icing sugar over them and the Christmas treat is ready.

So we can only say: Bon appetite and happy holidays!