Melópita – Honey pie from Sifnos island

Dec 2, 2012


 



    Sifnos, located in the south Aegean sea, is a beautiful island famous for its ceramic workshops; ceramic bowls, plates, vases and cooking pots that bake wonderful oven stews.






     Al though it can be also found in other Aegean islands, honey pie is famous as a specialty of Sifnos. It is one of those traditional desserts made with simple ingredients found in any agricultural community: homemade myzithra cheese, honey (μέλι) from their own bees and free range eggs. These ingredients were enough to make people creative and turn an old fashioned cheesecake into something we may nowadays call a gourmet dessert. The addition of more honey and some cinnamon when served makes it even more impressive. 
    Myzithra (also called anthótyro)  is a low fat soft and fresh cheese made from both goat and sheep's milk, but if you can't find it abroad it could be substituted by Italian ricotta cheese with similar results.







Melópita

Serves 6
I used a 20cm,  round baking pan

600gr soft myzithra cheese (or ricotta)
150gr honey
3 eggs
1Tbsp corn flour
½ tsp salt
vanilla or lemon zest for flavor

more honey and cinnamon to serve (optional)


Preheat the oven to 180 C.
In a bowl mix all ingredients with a whisk wire or just a fork, until completely incorporated.
Brush a baking pan with oil or butter and pour the Melópita batter in.
Bake  for 40 min or until golden.
Serve Melópita warm or at room temperature drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon. 





30 comments

  1. Hi, I love to read your blog. It helps me to understand more about Greec cutlure.

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  2. Polu wraies syntages kai blog!! :) Twra thelw na ta ftiaxw ola!

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  3. thanks for share.

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  4. Going to try this one.......sounds so yummy.....

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  5. What is corn flour? Is it corn starch we use in America?

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    1. The corn flour we make in the mill is finely ground corn meal. Masa should work for the corn flour.

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    2. Yes it is corn starch, not corn meal. Corn starch is also called maizena in many countries.

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  6. This looks amazing! Could you convert these ingredients into something that looks familiar to me. thanks Cups,tespoons, etc.

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  7. I'm only familiar to the European metric system, but there are sites that do the convertion automaticaly and free. I use them often to convert cups to grams.

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  8. A wonderful recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. The Melópita turned out great. Delicious :)

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    1. Thank you. I' m glad you liked it.

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  9. I just made this and it's absolutely delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe!

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  10. Made this over the weekend with ricotta. Used regular flour its what I had. Baked about 10 min longer and it was great. Husband loved it with a little extra honey drizzled on top. Thanks for sharing. Will try the milk pie recipe next.

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  11. Hi thanks for the recipe!

    I've made melopita once before (http://www.foodbycountry.com/Germany-to-Japan/Greece.html) and that version used a pie crust just on the bottom (same idea as American cheese cake only pie crust not graham cracker crust). Whic is more traditional Greek with or without the crust?

    Thanks & Blessings,
    Tamara Green

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    1. There is no right and wrong with tradition. I believe that crust is used in a pie to hold the filling, so when a filling is firm enough, there is no reason for extra work. I found this recipe without a crust like the milkpie I've also posted here.

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  12. Do you (or your readers) think that barley flour would work in place of the corn flour?

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    1. I have never used barley flour but the amount here is so small that it couldn't be a problem. The dessert mostly sets by the use of eggs.

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  13. Can I use mascorpone cheese instead?

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    1. Of course, mascarpone will give a velvety texture.

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    2. So the mascorpone did not come out so well .. It wasn't smooth at all

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    3. Sorry to hear that. The truth is that I haven't tried anything else than the original recipe. But cooking means trying new things, or let others do that for you and learn from their mistakes :)

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  14. Thank heavens I will let you know how it comes out

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  15. can this be done with cream cheese?

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    1. Never tried it with this recipe, only with cheesecake.

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