For Easter: Delightful Cheese-Filled Melitinia

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  • 09 Apr 2014

Recipe for a delightful Easter dessert of the isles of the Cyclades.

Melitinia a cheese-filled traditional Easter dessert of the Cyclades.Melitinia a cheese-filled traditional Easter dessert of the Cyclades.

At Easter, the culinary tradition features a range of desserts from the must-Easter sweet bread tsoureki and butter cookies, koulourakia.

On the isles of the Small Cyclades it is customary to include melitinia (small cheese-filled tarts) that are served for about 40 days after Easter.

This is recipe was provided to us by our friends at Schinoussa.

Serving size: approximately 35 sweets


for the phyllo dough
  • 1 glass of warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 egg

  • 1 shot glass of the spirit tsikoudia or tsipouro or ouzo
  • 1 kilo (self rising) flour
for the filling:
  • 1 kilo (soft) mitzithra cheese (alternate: anthotyro)

  • ½ kilo sugar

  • 4 eggs
2 little powder shots of vanilla

  • ½ tsp mastic powder

  • Prepare the filling first: Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix slowly until all ingredients are combined (for faster results you may use a hand mixer on slow speed).

  • Phyllo dough:
 In a separate bowl, mix the ingredients for the phyllo and mix into a dough. Let the dough rest for 20 minutes.

  • When the dough is ready, spread the dough with a rolling pin and with a glass, carefully cut out round pieces.

  • Place a 1 tbsp of the filling inside each round piece of dough and turn up the edges creating a form of a basket.

  • Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

  • Garnish with cinnamon. Cool and serve.

    source: Evdokia Nomikou, owner Iliovasilema hotel, Schinoussa