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  • Stella Hanan Cohen

Pumpkin & Cheese Coiled Pastries

Boyos de Kalavasa – Rodanchas

Pumpkin or butternut filo-like coiled pastries are delectable, fragrant with the warming spices of cinnamon and cloves. The distinctive coil or “rose“ shape is said to have been symbolic of the “Island of Roses”, “Isola de les Rose” as the Italians called this beautiful island during their occupation from 1912. Flaky “boyos de kalavasa“, (also known as rodanchas), are customarily offered at the Sephardic New Year table, usually a sweeter version, with roasted chopped almonds in the filling. For an easier version you can simply use store-bought filo pastry and make these as an unusual addition to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner!

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