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August 18, 2017

Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie – Savory or Sweet.

Posted on May 29, 2017 by in baked goods

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Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie

My Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie seems like a bit of controversy between the Greeks and the Bulgarians as to who made it first. I prefer to think about it as great minds think alike.

This Spiral Phyllo Cheese pie is called Banitsa in Bulgaria and the Greeks call it Kichi Kozanis. It may vary in the cheeses used or the spices added, but in essence it is layers of phyllo pastry with a cheese and egg filling. Think baklava, but with cheese.

Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie


What I like about the cheese pie is that it can go the sweet or savory route, because it is not overly sweet or salty. Of course we decided to go the sweet route and doused the entire pie in warm honey. So you bite into crunchy, buttery phyllo, salty creamy cheese and then experience the comfort of warm honey…… I promise you, heaven in every single mouthful.

Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie

Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie

makes 1 x 25 cm pie

Ingredients

15 ml olive oil
3 eggs
2 x 150 ml Fairview Full Fat Yogurt
300 g Fairview Feta
80 ml/ ⅓ cup flour
2 ml/ ½ t bicarbonate of soda
zest of 1 whole orange and 1 whole lemon
500g/ 1 lbs phyllo sheets
200 – 220 g/8 ounces unsalted butter, melted
Honey for drizzling
fresh mint for serving

Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F. Grease loose bottom or springform pan with olive oil.
Break eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk. Add the yogurt and mix. Crumble in the feta. Mix in flour and baking soda. Add the lemon and orange zest and mix through.
Melt the butter in a small bowl.

Unroll the phyllo sheets with short side facing you. Use a pastry brush and brush the top sheet with butter. Add about 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture in a line across the short side nearest you. Roll up the phyllo sheet and place in a spiral in the middle of the pan with the seam side down. Repeat with process with the remaining phyllo sheets. Continuing to circle them around the center until you reach the edge of the pan. Brush the top of the pies with remaining butter mixture.
Bake until golden brown and crispy. Allow to cool 10-20 minutes before drizzling with honey and serving.

Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie

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2 Responses to “Spiral Phyllo Cheese Pie – Savory or Sweet.”

  1. Ben Myhre 2 June 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    Oh, this looks beautiful. Personally, I think like a pie like this could go with either savory or sweet.

    • nerinatimm 12 June 2017 at 11:38 am #

      Thank you Ben, you are right, it can go either way!


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