Thursday before Easter is the day when the traditional festive pastries called 'flaounes' are usually baked in Cyprus. Flaounes are very popular during this season and are consumed in every household, either homemade or bought from local bakeries.
Rich in ingredients, flaounes symbolize the festive spirit and joy of Easter day. The filling of the pastry is called 'fokos' and is prepared 4-5 hours earlier or the night before. It is mixed with yeast, eggs, cheese, seasonings and occasionally with raisins. The dough, filled with 'fokos', is shaped in squares or triangles, and spread with a beaten egg and sesame. Traditionally flaounes are baked in the clay oven.
In older times, groups of people used to go around the streets of the villages and sing the song of the 'flaounes'. In exchange people gave them as a treat one or two of them.
Why not bake your own flaounes this year? Check here for recipes.
TIP **For a healthier option you could try using 'anari' instead of the traditional cheese. This way flaounes will become lighter and more fluffy. Check the recipehere.