Placinte Recipe (Moldavian Brinza)

by Alyona's Cooking
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This Placinte Recipe comes from a Moldavian woman who shared the recipe with my mom years back. Placinte are round cheese-filled fried pastries. 

My mother has made these so many times and they’ve even got requested! There is no yeast involved so rising time is not needed. Fill this with apples, cabbage or other soft cheeses.The feta and Mozzarella filling is my favorite and if your concerned about the saltiness, I have a little tip down below in how to mellow out the salt from feta cheese. These are a favorite!

What is Placinte?

Placinte is a round flat bread that is commonly stuffed with cheese. It is typically leavened with baking soda or baking powder and contains no yeast. It is recognized in the Romanian, Ukrainian and Moldovan Culture.

What is Brinza?

My family used to call these Brinza, but after a Moldavian friend told me Brinza means Feta Cheese, that changed in how I call these now. Placinte would be the correct named for these cheese-filled cakes.

Whats the best way to re-heat placinte?

Placinte are best fresh. However, to maintain a crisp crust re-heat in a toaster oven for the best results.

How to make Feta Cheese Less Saltier:

Remove feta cheese from the brine and soak in milk for 24 hours. 

Placinta Fillings:

  • apples
  • cheese
  • cabbage
  • potatoes
  • ricotta
  • dill
  • raisins
  • Chocolate

 

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Placinta recipe, Placinte, Brinza, Feta Cheese Recipes

 

Ingredients for Placinte Recipe:

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How to make Placinte Recipe (Moldavian Brinza):

1. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then stir in the egg, buttermilk, milk and 3 tbsp of oil until dough comes together (dough should be tacky.) Knead in remaining 1/2 cup of flour until a soft dough forms.

 

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2. Next, divide the dough into 8 balls, using a 1/2 cup measuring scoop for even shapes.

 

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3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to a 9″ circle. Place 1 cup of the cheese blend in the center and fold in the edges, pinching them to the top. Gently roll out again to an 8″ circle and fry over med-low heat until golden (about 2 min on each side.)

 

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Placinta recipe, Placinte, Brinza, Feta Cheese Recipes

Placinta recipe, Placinte, Brinza, Feta Cheese Recipes

Placinta recipe, Placinte, Brinza, Feta Cheese Recipes

5 from 3 votes

Placinte Recipe (Brinza)

Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 cakes
Calories: 675kcal
Author: Alyona's Cooking
This Placinte Recipe comes from a Moldavian woman who shared the recipe with my mom years back. Placinte are round cheese-filled fried pastries. 
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Ingredients

Placinte dough:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or any oil for frying

Placinte Cheese Filling:

  • 3 cups feta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese finely shredded

Instructions

How to make Placinta:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir in the egg, buttermilk, milk and 3 tbsp of oil until dough comes together (dough should be tacky.) Knead in remaining 1/2 cup of flour until a soft dough forms.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls, using a 1/2 cup measuring scoop for even shapes.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to a 9" circle. Place 1 cup of the cheese blend in the center and fold in the edges, pinching them to the top. Gently roll out again to an 8" circle and fry over med-low heat until golden (about 2 min on each side.)

Nutrition

Serving: 1cake | Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1238mg | Potassium: 274mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 555IU | Calcium: 527mg | Iron: 3.5mg
Nutrition Facts
Placinte Recipe (Brinza)
Amount Per Serving (1 cake)
Calories 675 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 1238mg54%
Potassium 274mg8%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 555IU11%
Calcium 527mg53%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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15 comments

Ali April 17, 2019 - 1:54 pm

Hi, can I make this recipe the same way except bake them in the oven? Will they still turn out as great? If yes, should I use more oil? I’ve done this recipe before by stovetop, and I really loved them! The taste was amazing, but I want to try them in the oven this time.

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Alyona's Cooking April 17, 2019 - 2:30 pm

Hi Ali,
Not so sure how the oven will work for these. I definitely think oil is key to create a nice crust for placinte so even if you would use the oven try to use a good amount of oil (perhaps enough to coat the pan and top.) It’s good to know you really loved them!

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Nelson Franks December 7, 2018 - 8:17 pm

5 stars
Just wanted to say that I love Moldova. I had the pleasure of spending almost a week in Chisinau last May, and I am looking to make a return visit to explore more. Lovely country, lovely people (and really fine wine). And the placinta is amazing.

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Olga August 9, 2018 - 5:02 pm

Is feta cheese the same as Brinza?

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Alyona's Cooking August 10, 2018 - 7:21 am

I believe it is the name for feta cheese in Moldavian.

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Catia marin July 25, 2019 - 7:28 pm

Brinza is the translation for cheese In general not specific on which type..placinta is also made with potato filling and cabbage filling both equally as tasty..enjoy.. pofta buna

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Liliya s April 26, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Do you think it’s ok to make several batches and then freeze them? The purpose would be to defrost and fry as needed… wondering if you’ve tried it before?

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Alyona's Cooking April 26, 2018 - 10:47 pm

Liliya, I havn’t froze the brinza filled. But, Perhaps partially frying and then freezing would be a better idea and then re-heating in a toaster oven. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to fry thawed out dough, it’s best to avoid any possibility of sogginess or freezer burn. But that’s just my opinion if you have the urge try it out then let me know if it was a success. You could always refrigerate ready ones between wax paper if you don’t end up freezing any.

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Tanya November 19, 2017 - 6:59 pm

Can I use homemade kefir instead of buttermilk? Is that the same thing?

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Alyona's Cooking March 2, 2018 - 7:15 am

You can try homemade kefir/buttermilk but you may need to eyeball the consistency since some kefir’s tend to be thick and others runnier.

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Elisabeth November 8, 2017 - 6:10 pm

Do you think I could make the dough a couple days ahead and refrigerate?

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Alyona's Cooking November 8, 2017 - 9:07 pm

Yes, you can refrigerate the dough. You can even try to fill and roll these out and keep them refrigerated between wax paper before frying if your cheese filling isn’t too wet.

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Elisabeth November 10, 2017 - 5:15 pm

Thanks, that sounds great.

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Helen October 14, 2016 - 12:35 pm

5 stars
Comfort food!!! These turned out soft and delicious! They were gone quickly with tea and raspberry jam. Thank you for the recipe.

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Alyona's Cooking October 14, 2016 - 1:04 pm

oh nice, thank you for sharing Helen!

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