Banitza - Savoury Bulgarian Cheese Pie

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Recipe by Eismeer

This was handed to me by a Bulgarian Lady, who ran a restaurant/Pub near my University, frequented by lots of students. This is rich, filling and a bit time consuming, but really worth the effort. This makes a lot for a hungry crowd.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare dough out of ingredients and separate in 6 equal portions.
  2. Let rest in fridge while preparing filling and custard.
  3. Crumble or mash cheese with a fork and mix with eggs, until mixture appears to be homogeneous.
  4. Roll out the 6 dough portions to thin sheets (rolling pin, dust surface with flour to prevent dough from sticking).
  5. Brush each sheet of dough with butter and put filling on them evenly.
  6. Roll up (cigar like) and form one large spiral out of the dough rolls in a buttered form attaching the end of one to the beginning of the next dough roll (rose shape might hit it optically :)).
  7. Mix sparkling water and 2 eggs and pour over Banitza.
  8. Bake at 180°C until Banitza is golden brown and custard and filling have set.
  9. Enjoy with green and/or tamatoe salad for instance.

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