Flaounes are Easter pies with cheese filling which are very popular on the island.

The preparation begins from the previous day. Firstly the filling is made, which is a mixture of Cypriot cheese, leaven, eggs, raising and other herbs such as mahlepi, mastic, Mint and cinnamon. The filling is left in the fridge overnight to soak in the various spices.

The next day the dough is prepared. Pieces of dough are then filled up with the cheese, the other ingredients, and made into small pies either squares or round shaped. Egg is brushed, and sesame seeds are sprinkled on top of the pies. They are then placed in the oven.

Flaounes can also be made without raisins therefore can be made sweet or savoury, according to taste.

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