Saturday, September 26, 2009

200th Post

To celebrate my 200th post, I have baked some Bougatsa - so why don't you pop over to share a couple with me? Can't make it in time? Then here is the recipe for you to make some yourself.

I used to have a Bougatsa most Saturday mornings when I lived in Perth - husband always chose something rich and creamy, while I preferred something custardy, cinnamony and citrusy. The problem was when I moved from Perth I couldn't remember the name "bougatsa" and I have just this week spotted a photo of some, in an old recipe book. They are just as good as I remember them.

500g ricotta cheese (low fat) well drained
2tb cream cheese
2 tb plain flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1/2 cup caster sugar
Filo pastry

Preheat oven to 190C. In a bowl or blender, combine all the ingredients except the filo and butter. Melt the butter and brush melted butter onto a sheet of filo. Top with another sheet and brush with butter as well (you need 2 sheets per parcel). Fill each one with the cheese mixture and fold the pastry into a parcel. Make sure the top of the parcel has some melted butter on it and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake the pastry parcel for 10 mins, then lower the heat to 160C and bake for another 5 minutes until the pastry is a golden colour.
Serve warm but still nice to eat cold.

Giveaway Time: Leave a comment for me, and you will be in the running to win either a crocheted hat or the necklace (below) that I had shown on the blog a couple of posts ago - your choice. The hat can be made in the colours of your choice and the 'rosette' is attached with a brooch fitting so that you can take it off and wear it on your clothing or attach to your bag/purse. The middle hat has been made for a child, so the rosette on that one has been tied on (for safety purposes).

The blog has had a bit of a makeover as well, still need to do a bit of tweaking and add some botox here and there, but she is looking a bit younger!


clare's craftroom said...

Your blog is looking very snazzy !Congratulations on being 200 !

Lizzie said...

No botox required, it's looking pretty 'young' and good right now. As is that fabulous recipe, had some of these in Freemantle last year and had no idea what they were called, now I know AND I now have the recipe to make them, how good is that? Thanks!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Mmmmmmm Coffe and one of those Bougasta...Thingys....Yum!
Congrats on the 200 posts1 WOW!
And yep the new look is very nice

Miss Muggins said...

I love the make-over, and I really enjoyed sampling your virtual bougastas! Guess I'll have to bake some now.

The Joy of Nesting said...

First Happy 200th post!!!!!! Oh and may I have a cup of Lady Grey with my bougatas??

Second Wow I'm really loving the redecorating and face lift!!!!!! It's ever so young, mod and chic!!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Marita said...

Oh yummy, my best friends mum used to make this for us on a Sunday afternoon, didn't know they were called this. Lot of lovely memories eating and talking over a plate of these.
Congrats on 200! Do you think the Queen might send a telegram, I hope so! Love the new header.

Anonymous said...

WOw!! 200 posts....Congratulations
and I'm looking forward to many, many more. Thanks too for the recipe, think I have to add a few items to my grocery list and then do some baking. Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs, Barb

Amanda said...

That was a surprise love the blog's new doo. Chris can't believe it he has fallen asleep the minute after the coin toss and missed the opening bounce the second year in a row of the Grand Final but I digress love the giveaways.

miss~nance said...

The Bougatsa sound yummy. Might try one for a treat one day.

Congrats on your 200th post. Your blog is looking great. Love the necklaces.


Margaret Weiss said...

I wish I could just pop past and have tea and a bougasta Christina.... pity you live in SA and I live in NSW! I love anything with ricotta! One day I will turn up on your doorstep and share your hospitality and bougasta's. Love your new blog your necklaces too! xxxmargaret.

Lucy said...

Christina, your recipe looks very interesting, may try it soon.
Love the hats,wearing one would cover up my graying hair.LOLOL
Hugs Lucy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love your blog! I would be thrilled to win...the necklace is something I would enjoy wearing! Thanks!

Pam said...

Oh yes. Love the new look Christina, and congrats on 200!! x

Pam said...

p.s. Thanks for the recipe. Definitely will try this one! Yum.

Kirsty said...

You didn't let on about the makeover when I rang!!! Right!!! off now to make them with cottage cheese i'll let you know how they go!!!

The Feathered Nest said...

Happy 200th Post sweetie!!!! I'm so happy for you, blogging makes us all just a little bit closer ~ I may not comment always but love checking in on your posts and your beautiful artwork, hugs and love, Dawn

Mogs Designs said...

Oh yummmm, dribble......
Love your new look!
Congrats on 200!
Great give away

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Can anyone Sign up Christina? if so...I would love that beautiful necklace...Hope all is well..I never hear from Marion anymore..not for at least a year it seems...send her my love..;)

Bev C said...

This recipe sounds delicious. Those hats look great. Happy days.

Shirley said...

Recipe looks yummy! I love the lavender colored hat.

Anonymous said...

I have not had breakfast yet, so those


bougastas thingys look wonderful.

So nice to pop back to visit you..

WendyW said...

Congratulations on your 200th post, Christina. Never heard of "bougastas" before but looks and sounds yummy! Thanks for the receipe. Will try it out this weekend. Is this one of your "rustic tarts"??!!

Grandma Nina said...

Thanks for visiting me. Your blog looks great and so does the Bougatsa. Thanks for the recipe. I'm going to give it a try.

Angela Harris said...

Love these hats~! I need to go find one for winter! It's right around the corner:) The food looks so yummy too!