Banitsa

by Polina

This is a traditional Bulgarian pastry and one of the most popular meals in our country. It can be made with spinach, apples, pumpkin, and various other fillings, but the traditional filling is a mixture of crumbled white cheese (feta), whisked eggs, and butter. As it is a centuries old meal it has a lot of variations of preparing it. I present to you a recipe from the North-East region (Ruse).

Ingredients:Banitsa

 

  • 500g filo pastry (buy ready-made)
  • 125 g butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g yoghurt
  • 250 g white cheese (feta cheese)
  • and 1 cottage cheese 150 ml.
  • Sparkling water
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 150ml oil (sunflower or vegetable)

Directions:

Grease the bottom of a baking tray with a little bit of oil. Place the first 2 sheets in the bottom, spread the top sheet with butter, and spread another sheet over it. Spread crumbled  cheese or cottage cheese over that one and lay another filo sheet over it. Then spread with butter again, add another sheet over it and spread cheese on it. Take turns with all the sheets until they are finished. Just make sure you leave the top one plain, with nothing on it.

Cut the laid sheets in the baking tray into square pieces, size doesn’t matter. Poor the rest of the oil into a small pan and heat until it is very hot. Then pour it over the cuts of the filo you already made. Then beat the eggs in a separate bowl, add the yoghurt, whisk again, add soda, whisk gently and finally add sparkling water, whisk again.

Meanwhile preheat the oven on 180-200 ºC. Now pour the mixture from the bowl over the filo in the tray, making it even so the mixture can wet the sheets everywhere, especially on the edges.  Sprinkle some sesame seeds on the top if you like. Bake until the top starts to look brownish. Serve with some yoghurt on the side if you like. You can eat it warm or even cold, anytime of the day.

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Date last modified: Wed 21th May 2014