Banitsa

A traditional breakfast in Bulgaria, banitsa is a symbol of Bulgarian culture and traditions. Made with filo pastry, eggs, and cheese, this decadent pastry is rightly regarded as the Queen of Bulgarian cuisine. Served with plain yoghurt or boza (a special Bulgarian alcohol), it can be eaten hot or cold. 
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: feta cheese, pastry
Servings: 6
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Tania

Equipment

  • 1 (10-inch) springform pan

Ingredients

  • 12 Sheets phyllo dough
  • 8 tbsp Butter
  • 1 lb Bulgarian feta cheese (sirene) feta, crumbled feta cheese
  • 14 oz Bulgarian yogurt preferably sheep's milk yogurt
  • 4 Whole eggs
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 Pepper for carb conscious eaters you can disregard rice
  • 1 tbsp Baking soda

Instructions

  • Prepare the yogurt mixture by whisking the yogurt, eggs, vegetable oil, and baking soda together. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease a large, non-stick baking pan with vegetable oil.
  • Remove the filo dough from the plastic package and gently unroll. Spread about 1/4 cup of the yogurt-egg mixture onto the filo sheet.
  • Sprinkle some (about 1/4 cup) feta cheese on top.

  • From bottom to top, carefully roll the sheet of filo dough upwards with your fingers. The dough may have some tears, but that’s absolutely okay. Just keep rolling until you have something that resembles a sausage.
  • Place the first roll onto the baking pan and repeat this step with the remaining filo sheets. If you don’t have a pan that fits the filo rolls perfectly, don’t worry. You can bend and turn these rolls to make them fit into the baking pan.
  • Pour the remaining yogurt-egg mixture on top.
  • Bake for about 25 minutes, until the feta pie is golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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