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Kolokotes (Squash Pastries)

  • Kolokotes are a very much known and popular home made Pastry in Cyprus. People usually make them during the cold days of the winter.
  • I believe they are worth trying, because they are very tasty, nutritious and best of all they are made with all natural ingredients.
  • I don’t thing they are very well known outside Cyprus unless you are Cypriot or the recipe was given to you by a Cypriot.
  • The most important think to remember is that the stuffing ingredients have to be prepared at least 24 hours in advance.

Stuffing Ingredients:

Kolokotes (Squash Pastries)

Kolokotes (Squash Pastries)

  • 3 cups of diced squash
  • 3-4 tbsp of pourgouri (Crushed Wheat Coarse)
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 cup of golden raisins
  • 1 tsp of powder cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of powder gloves

Dough ingredients:

  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 a cup of olive oil
  • 1/2-1 cup of water


  • As it was mentioned above mix all stuffing ingredients at least 24 hours in advance in order for the squash and the pourgouri to absorb the flavors of the cinnamon and gloves.
  • The following day we prepare the dough mix.
  • Place the flour in a bowl and mix well with salt.
  • Add the olive oil and with your fingers mix well until the oil is fully absorbed by the flour.
  • Gradually add the lemon juice and water and knead until the dough is firm.
  • Cover the bowl with a thick cloth and let it rest for about 45 minutes.
  • Knead again for about 5 minutes and now you are ready to open your home made fillo.
  • Cut your dough in 6-8 pieces and form into small balls.
  • With a dough roller, roll each ball into a long and wide sheet of about 1/8 inch thick. ~ Cut your fillo into round shapes of about 6 inches in diameter.
  • Brush lightly each piece at the edge with cold water and place in the center 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp of stuffing.
  • Fold them into half moon shapes and with a fork press the edges of your kolokotes to seal.
  • In a baking tray place non-stick cooking paper and place your kolokotes on it.
  • Preheat your oven to 360 degrees (see Conversions) and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Your kolokotes are ready to be served. They can also be eaten cold

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