Recipe for Flaons: traditional pastry with Menorcan cheese

The “Flaons” are traditional Menorcan pastries that have become a symbol of local gastronomy. These delights, which are filled with cheese or cottage cheese, hold a special place on the Easter table. Grandmothers, with their expert hands, used to prepare the dough from scratch, blending simple yet flavorful ingredients. The patience and love they invested in each step of the process were conveyed in every bite.


  • 600 gr. of flour
  • 200 gr. of lard
  • 20 gr. of fresh yeast
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150 gr. of water

For the cheese filling:

  • 1.200 kg of fresh cheese
  • 4 medium-sized eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • Salt (optional)


Dough Preparation: Dissolve the yeast in water and add lard, flour, and salt. Knead until achieving a smooth and firm texture, adjusting with flour or water as needed. This well-balanced dough will serve as the perfect base for the “Flaons.”

Cheese Preparation: The day before, grate and drain the cheese using a clean cloth. Allow it to rest in the refrigerator for 24 hours to ensure proper drying of the cheese. The next day, combine the drained cheese with eggs, flour, and salt to taste in a bowl. Mix and shape moderate-sized balls, considering that they will expand in the oven due to the egg in the mixture. This preparation ensures exceptional texture and flavor in the “Flaons.”


  1. Roll out two portions of dough into a round shape.
  2. Place a cheese ball on one of the portions and make four cuts in the other, creating a star shape.
  3. Overlay the two portions, pressing the edges with your fingers to ensure a good seal.
  4. Using a pasta cutter with rounded tips, trim excess dough.
  5. Allow the “Formetjades” to rest, as they contain yeast and require a brief resting period.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 170/180º C. The baking process should be gradual to prevent them from collapsing. Patience is key; there is no rush, and there’s no need to over-brown them!

Even if they don’t turn out perfect the first time, their flavour will be unparalleled. Dare to try them, and they will likely become a delightful tradition you’ll want to repeat, bringing the authentic essence of Menorcan cuisine to your Easter table!


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