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recipe for cheesecake pusties

Last post Oct 14, 2008 2:40 PM by wildcooker03 . 5 replies.

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  • recipe for cheesecake pusties

    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

  • Re: recipe for cheesecake pusties

    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. 

    (Italian pastries)


    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

  • Re: recipe for cheesecake pusties

    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.  

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  • Re: recipe for cheesecake pusties

    If you're interested in Utica 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.



  • Re: recipe for cheesecake pusties


    2 pounds (907g) ricotta cheese
    3/4 pound (340g) confectioners' sugar

    Combine ingredients and use as filling for Pasticiotti.
    almond pasticiotti 
    yields: 24 pastries 
       for the dough:
    2 cup flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter 
    grated rind of 1 lemon
    3 egg yolks
       for the filling:
    1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 lb. almond paste
    4 eggs 
    1 tsp almond extract 
    flour as need for rolling dough 
    confectioners sugar for dusting, if desired

    to make the pastry: 

    place the flour and sugar in a food processor, add salt, and mix for a 
    few seconds. using a knife, shave strips of butter and place in 
    processor along with the lemon rind. using the pulse button, cut the 
    butter into the flour for about 15 seconds. 

    in a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and add to the processor, 
    using the pulse button. as soon as the pastry develops into a ball, 
    turn off the processor and remove dough. if pastry seems dry and does 
    not come together into a ball, add cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time. 
    dust hands with flour and knead dough for a few seconds into a round 
    disk. seal in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least6 2 hours before 

    when ready to continue, preheat the oven to 350 degrees f. lightly 
    grease 24 muffin cups. 

    combine the butter and sugar in a bowl. using an electric mixer, cream 
    together. crumble the almond paste and add to the butter and sugar 
    mixture and continue to cream. add 1 egg at a time, mixing well after 
    each addition. add the almond extract. cream all ingredients to a 
    smooth paste. 

    roll out the chilled dough between two sheets of floured wax paper, 
    using about half of the dough at a time. or roll the pastry onto a 
    floured board, flouring the rolling pin well. the dough should be about 
    1/4 inch thick, or a little less. 

    with a cookie cutter, cut out 4-inch circles and line the muffin cups 
    on the bottom and sides. *** the bottoms of the cups with a fork, 
    then fill 2/3 full with the filling mixture. 

    bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is lightly browned or a cake 
    tester comes out clean when inserted into the center of the custard. 
    cool on wire racks for 10 minutes, then gently remove and allow to cool 
  • Re: recipe for cheesecake pusties

     I bet these are really good. I like the different fillings that you can use