Pastizzi is my most favorite food when I arrive in Malta. I have had them for breakfast, lunch and even dinner. My problem is that unless I lived in Astoria, NY or Ontario, Canada, I am unable to enjoy these pastries here in the States. Those two places I mentioned have a large contingent of Maltese people and there are Maltese bakers there who know how to make Pastizzi.
Actually, they don’t seem too hard to make; even the internet has the recipe. Just phillo dough wrapped around ricotta with peas. However, I and many others have attempted to make them to no avail. They just don’t end up like the Pastizzi that I buy in Malta, from small bakeries and they are so inexpensive!! They are about 3 for 1 Euro.
One time I even attempted to bring a dozen home. I asked the bakery to freeze a dozen for me the night before and when we were ready to leave, I picked them up, packed them well, and hoped for the best in travel.
Of course, my luggage was lost in transit (surprise!) and I received my Pastizzi two days later. Since they had been frozen for the traveling segment, they were not too bad and yes, I did eat them. and , I’m still alive!!
They are really good!!!! Yummy!! My mouth is watering just writing about them!