Banitsa (pronounced BAH-nit-sa) is a traditional Bulgarian pastry prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of Feta cheese between filo pastry and then baking it in an oven.
Banitsa is served for breakfast with plain yogurt. It can be eaten hot or cold. Another popular version is banitsa with spinach (spanachena banitsa).
Cheese Filling Ingredients:
pinch of baking soda
300gm “Spring Blue” Cow Feta cheese
Cheese Filling Directions:
Beat eggs, adding baking soda, keep beating and add crumbed (or grated or crushed) “Spring Blue” Cow feta cheese.
Spinach Filling Ingredients:
1/2 kg spinach
1/2 cup yogurt
1 coffee cup oil (or melted butter)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup crumbed “Spring Blue” Cow feta cheese
Spinach Filling Directions:
Squeeze gently water from spinach (washed and cut in strips). Stew in oil (or melted butter). Leave to cool.
Stir in cheese, eggs and yogurt.
Take “Spring Blue”Filo Patsry 400g . Grease bottom of a pan with butter or oil. Brush 3 sheets with butter. Place sheets one atop the other. Spread 1/3 of filling ( Cheese or Spinach filling). Top with 2 more sheets, each brushed with butter or oil. Spread second third of filling. Repeat one more time. Top last layer of filling with 3 oiled sheets. Bake in a moderate oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean