There is an italian bakery in Utica NY that is called Florentines that sell these cheesecake pusties that I have nver seen anywhere else and they are soo good. I'd love to have the recipe for them as I live very far from Utica
I found this recipe on line. I could not find a cheesecake filled one, but I'm sure you can do some experimenting on your own to come up with one. This recipe is really interesting because the real name, pasticciotti or pusticciotti, has been changed in spelling several times over the years. I hope this helps.
Pusties (Italian pastries)Crust: 2 1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar 1 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. salt 2 beaten eggs Blend dry ingredients. Add eggs. (dough will be sticky) Pat into tins on bottoms and up sides. Fill 3/4 full with filling. Cover with dough round by rolling between wax paper and placing on top. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 400 until golden, about 20 minutes. Chocolate filling: 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup sifted sweet cocoa (Hershey's) 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup milk 1 cup water Blend together the 1 cup milk and 1 cup water. Mix dry ingredients in top of double boiler. Add liquid gradually so there is no lumping. Cook until thickened. Cool. Vanilla filling: 3 egg yolks 3/4 cup sugar 2 cups milk 1/2 cup flour Mix flour and sugar in top of double boiler. Slowly add milk and mix thoroughly. Cook until thickened. Add a small bit of the pudding to beaten egg yolks, then add egg yolk mixture to the pudding. Cook 1 minute longer
Being from Utica I agree the pusties at Florentines are the best. You cannot get good Italian cookies like they make there. We moved about 10 years ago to florida and that is one bakery my husband misses. He was born and raised in Utica and that was one of our favorite place to take the children on sunday's after church. We would bring home a few of the pastries. When ever we go to New York that is one place we make sure we visit.
If you're interested in Utica recipes...you may want to check out a cookbook that has been done for charity - includes a couple of florentine recipes
A collection of recipes and memories from Utica NY. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Compassion Coalition - a community based organization that acts as a collection and distribution point for food and related products. Compassion Coalition distributes directly to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, halfway houses, community associations, and inner city churches that are located primarily in Utica, Rome, and the Mohawk Valley, as well as throughout New York State.
I bet these are really good. I like the different fillings that you can use
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