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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sfakianopita - A Cheese Stuffed Bread from Greece

I ended up trying a few Greek recipes recently owing to my 'Greek recipes' themed marathon this week and among them were a few bread recipes from the region. A stuffed bread named sfakianopita was one of those. These bread are stuffed with the local variety cheeses and in lieu of those, feta cheese would be a great substitution here. These sfakianopita proved to be a quick and easy deal as I am adept at making the Indian stuffed breads aka parathas. The toasted, cheese stuffed breads are served with chopped nuts, a dusting of cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, which makes it a treat.

Recipe source: Here
1 & 1/3 cup flour + extra for dusting (I used wheat flour.)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. olive oil + extra for toasting
 1/2 cup water
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Ground cinnamon

* Combine flour, salt, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl and mix. Next add water in increments and knead it into a soft, pliable dough. If the dough is sticky, add some extra flour and knead. If it appears too dry, add extra water.  
* Knead the dough for about five minutes and divide the dough into 6 or 8 portions. Roll the portions into balls. Work with one portion at a time and keep the rest of them covered.
* Roll the ball into a round shape of about 1/4 inch thickness and 6 inches wide. Place a tbsp. or more of cheese at the center and then fold side over. Knead the cheese and the dough together until the cheese is well mixed in. Again roll it back to the round shape as earlier.
* Toast the rolled out sfakianopita on a heated pan pouring a tsp of olive oil around the edges and spreading it over. Cook it until both sides turn golden brown, flipping in between.
* Repeat the steps and cook the remaining sfakianopita
* Sprinkle chopped nuts and cinnamon as needed over sfakianopitas before serving and drizzle with honey.
This goes to Blogging marathon #76, under the theme 'Greek Recipes'. Check out the page to read what other marathoners are cooking. 



Sharmila- The Happie Friends Potpourri corner said...

Lovely bread.. Got to learn some nice Greek recipes from you :)

Priya Suresh said...

Very interesting pick Suma, i can imagine the taste of this cheese stuffed bread.

Harini R said...

Interesting Greek version of cheese paratha!

Gayathri Kumar said...

This is such an interesting flat bread from Greece. I am sure they taste so good with all the cheese and honey..

Priya Srinivasan said...

That looks scrumptious, like our puran poli but with salty feta! Love hoentnis served with a drizzle honey and nuts❤️

Chef Mireille said...

what a unique treat - this is one I've never heard of although I grew up eating a lot of Greek food in a neighborhood near where I grew up

Srivalli said...

That flatbread looks like an Indian dish, the recipe sounds so interesting..greek cuisine is very interesting and I felt much like our own!

Pavani N said...

What an amazing Greek paratha recipe Suma. Very interesting find and those sfakianopita look so inviting.