Tiropita in Greek literally means a cheese pie. You can buy Tiropita pies with a golden crust at every corner in Cyprus. This pastry is loved both by children and adults because it’s a perfect yummy snack to be happy with. The main rule is to use fresh feta cheese, which is the key secret to its taste. Preparation time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
550 g flour for the dough
550 g butter
1 and ½ tsp salt
500 g feta cheese
200 g milk
150 g flour for the filling
1 and ½ tsp white pepper
- Begin with making the dough. In a bowl mix the flour, butter, salt and some water. Form it into a ball and put in the fridge for half an hour.
- Take it out and roll it adding sprinkles of flour. Spread the butter over it and fold squares. Repeat the whole thing several times. Ideally there will be 4 square-shaped sheets of the dough. Leave them in the fridge for another 20 minutes.
- Form a roll out of the dough and cut it into 8 equal pieces. Roll all of them into 8 sheets.
- Mix the flour, butter and milk for the filling and put on low heat for 5 minutes. Let it cold and add white pepper and eggs one after another. Mix with the feta cheese.
- Put the dough on a baking sheet alternating the layers of the filling with dough sheets.
- Bake for 40 minutes at 200 °C.
Tiropita pie is usually served warm cut in triangle shaped pieces just like a pizza. It could also be served together with green olives, fresh greens and a glass of wine.