Savory Cheese Pastry | Banitsa. BULGARIA, EUROPE

Servings  6people


6 eggs

1/2tsp baking soda

3/4lb feta cheese(sirene if you can find it)

4-8Tbsp butter

1/2package phyllo dough, thawed

(about 21 individual sheets)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Melt some butter.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk eggs together with baking soda and cheese.
  3. On a clean worksurface, lay out one sheet of phyllo. Brush with melted butter. Add a second sheet of phyllo. Brush with melted butter again. Repeat a third time.
  4. Sprinkle cheese mixture over phyllo and roll into a tube. The egg mixture will want to soak through. Stay calm. Work quickly and smoothly. All will be well.
  5. Shape phyllo log into a circle in a large round baking dish. I used oval because it is what I had handy.
  6. Repeat this process until all the phyllo dough is used up. Wrap each tube around previous tubes, making a snail shell pattern. You’ll end up with 6-7 tubes.
  7. Brush with butter. Try to ignore the leaks.
  8. Bake 40-50 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Just be sure to let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing, so that the layers don’t fall apart!

Recipe Notes

Note: Bulgarian yogurt, a little runny and decidedly tangy, is available for purchase at health food stores.


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