Honey Pie from Sifnos - Mizithropita
It’s a kind of Aegean cheesecake prepared with honey and unsalted myzithra or ricotta cheese. These cakes are usually prepared during the Easter festivities in the Cycladic islands, especially in Sifnos and Ios. In Santorini they make a similar cake called "militinia", which are flavored with mastic. In Crete an akin specialty to militinia and equally delicious are the "lyhnarakia".
- 225 gr all purpose flour, mixed with a pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp castor sugar
- 115 gr butter cut in small cubes
- 45-60 ml cold water
For the filling
- 4 eggs
- 50 gr castor sugar
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- 500 gr fresh myzithra or ricotta cheese
- 60 ml thyme honey
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 180 °C and preheat a baking tin.
Preparing the dough.
In a large bowl, mix flour with sugar and then add the butter.
Crush the mixture well until it becomes crumbly.
Gradually add water, so that it becomes a well-combined dough.
Form the dough into a round ball, cover with cellophane and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Place a large baking-tin in the oven to heat up.
On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin phyllo leaf.
Make sure it’s big enough to cover the inside surface of a round baking pan, 25 cm in diameter.
Carefully, remove the dough the excessive dough that hangs over the edges fo the pan.
Making the pie.
In a large bowl beat the eggs well.
Next add the sugar and flour and beat until the mixture becomes homogeneous and light.
Add the cheese, honey, half the cinnamon and mix well.
Pour the mixture into the baking pan and level the surface using a knife.
Place the pan on the preheated baking tin and bake the honey pie for 50-60 minutes, until it browns.
When ready, remove from oven and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon.