Introduction: How to Make Banitsa
Banitsa is a traditional Bulgarian dish. It is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike. It is super easy and quick to make. It's very hearty and filling. Please let me know if you try to make it and if this guide is helpful!
Step 1: Step 1: Ingredients
For this recipe, you would need to following ingredients:
- A pack of filo pastry (I am using Familia again and it is 500g)
- 4 eggs - 150g-200g of butter
- Approximately 200ml of vegetable oil
- 300g of feta cheese (white cheese), crumbled
- Approximately 300g of yoghurt
- 1 table spoon of flour
- 1 tea spoon of baking soda
Step 2: Step 2: Making the Mixture
Crack three of the eggs and beat them. Then you will only need the egg white of the 4th egg. Carefully separate it from the egg yolk as shown (in the video) and put the yolk to one side and mix it with approximately 1 table spoon of yoghurt. After that, add the baking soda to the bowl of yoghurt and mix together. Then transfer this to the beaten eggs and mix again until it is homogenous. Next comes the flour, you only need 1 table spoonful in the mix. We are going to spread that on each pasty sheet later on.
Step 3: Step 3 - Cut Up the Butter
It is important to say here that you can use butter or oil or a mixture of both in your Banitsa. I normally go for both and cut the hard butter into small pieces, so it is easier for me to spread it evenly across the pastry. I use normal vegetable oil on the bottom of my baking tray before I start putting the Banitsa rolls in it, that way it is nice and crispy and not stuck in the end.
Step 4: Step 4 - Fill the Pastry
Open the pack of filo pastry and start putting all of the ingredients on every sheet. I usually spread a bit of the egg mixture so the whole sheet is covered, then put a few butter pieces on top, to finish I top it up with a bit of crumbled feta cheese. After this is done, roll the pastry sheet with the ingredients inside and place it on the pre-oiled baking tray.
NOTE: On every other pastry sheet I add a bit of vegetable oil to the butter, so that the Banitsa isn’t so dry but not very oily either!
Step 5: Step 5: Prepare the Banitsa for Baking
Just before you are ready to put the Banitsa in the pre-heated to 180°c oven, put some butter pieces on top of it and make sure they are evenly distributed. This would make it look more golden-brown and delicious.
Step 6: Step 6 - Add Egg/yoghurt Mixture on Top
About halfway through the baking, take your Banitsa out of the oven and spread the egg yolk and yoghurt mix on top by using a brush. This improves the overall look as it gives great colour to the Banitsa and a shiny texture on top. After you do that, put the Banitsa back in the oven for another 15-20mins. The overall baking time is about 30-35mins, depending on the oven.
Step 7: Step 7 - Take the Banitsa Out of the Oven
This is the final step, so just carefully remove the Banitsa from the oven and sprinkle a good amount of cold water and then cover the whole tray with a clean cloth. This would allow the steam to stay under the cloth and make the Banitsa soft.
Step 8: Step 8 - Watch the Video!
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