Sfakianopita | Cretan Cheese Pie With Nuts And Honey
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A delicious cheese, honey, and cinnamon pie from Crete.
Recipe type: Cretan Cheese Pie
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 3-5
  • 1¾ cups flour + extra for kneading surface and adding to dough*
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil + extra for frying
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon brandy**
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ to 1 cup crumbled feta*
  • ½ cup chopped nuts of your choice
  • ground cinnamon
  • honey
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine: flour, water, olive oil, lemon juice, brandy, and salt. Mix until dough ball is formed.
  2. Place dough ball on floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. If too wet/sticky, knead in some extra flour. You will probably need to do this. If too dry, add some water.
  3. Once dough is kneaded, break into 5 equal parts and roll each piece into a ball.
  4. Take one dough piece and roll it out flat into a pancake shape, about 6 inches width and ¼ inch thick.
  5. Place a tablespoon (or more) of feta cheese in center, fold side over, and knead the dough and cheese together, until the cheese is well mixed in.
  6. Once the cheese is well incorporated, roll back out flat to the same pancake shape as in step #4, and set aside. Repeat with other dough pieces.
  7. Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to a pan, and heat over medium-high heat.
  8. Place one Sfakianopita on the pan, and cook for about 5-6 minutes on each side, check bottom, when golden brown, flip.
  9. When done, place on plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Repeat until all Sfakianopita’s are cooked.
  10. When ready, sprinkle some of your favorite chopped nuts over each Sfakianopita. Sprinkle with some cinnamon, and drizzle with honey.
  11. Serve warm!
*We've made this a few times and the flour ratio seems to change from what we have here to ½ cup more, so just have some extra on hand and add a little at a time to get the proper consistency.

**Traditionally, the cheese used is mizithra and instead of brandy, raki is used. However, these may be hard to find, so the substitutions above will do.
Recipe by Lemon & Olives at https://www.lemonandolives.com/sfakianopita-cretan-cheese-pie-nuts-honey/