Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bulgaria - Banitsa

I love feta cheese so this pastry dish looks great to me. The Bulgarians eat it for breakfast and on special occasions they sometimes put lucky charms in the pastry.

Ingredients:

* 4 eggs
* feta cheese
* 2 tbls olive oil
* 1 box of filo pastry
* butter for greasing/brushing



Place the 4 eggs and olive oil in a bowl. Beat them up together.



Crumble up the feta cheese and add it to the egg mixture. Combine well.



Grease a pan with butter and set aside.



Spread out the filo pastry sheets one at a time. Spread some of the mixture along the length of it and roll up like a sausage.



Starting from the centre of the pan, coil the filo pastry sausages around to make a spiral pattern.



Brush with melted butter and bake at gas Mark 7 for 20-25 minutes until the pastry has browned.



Flip it out onto a plate, cut up into slices and serve with plain yoghurt. I didn't fancy that so I had it on it's own.





It was good. The egg and feta had set nicely in the pastry making it easy to cut up. I was pleased with how impressive the spiral looked after it came out of the oven. It'd be nice served cold in the summer for a picnic or barbecue.

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