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Melopita

Cuisine: Greek
Courses: Dessert
Serves: 6 people

Recipe Ingredients

  Pastry
1 1/2 cups 93g / 3.3ozPlain flour
1   Salt
1 tablespoon 15mlCaster sugar
1/3 cup 65g / 2.3ozButter
1   Egg - separated
2 teaspoons 10mlLemon juice
2 tablespoons 30mlCold water
  Filling
500   Mizithra or ricotta cheese
1/2 cup 118mlHoney
1 tablespoon 15mlCaster sugar
1   Salt
3   Eggs
2 teaspoons 10mlLemon juice
2 teaspoons 10mlGround cinnamon

Recipe Instructions

Oven temperature: 200 C (400F), reducing to 170 C (325F) Cooking time: 45 minutes

Sift flour, salt and sugar into mixing bowl. Cut in butter with 2 knives, then rub with fingertips until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Beat egg yolk with lemon juice and cold water and blend in, using knife. When dough clings together knead lightly until smooth, cover and rest for 30 minutes.

Beat cheese until smooth, gradually beat in honey and sugar. Beat in eggs, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

Roll out pastry on a lightly floured board to a 30 cm (12 inch) circle. Line a greased 25 cm (10 inch) Springform tin or pie plate with the pastry. Lightly beat egg white and brush some of this over pastry. Pour cheese mixture into pastry case and smooth top.

Bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes, reduce to moderately slow and bake a further 30 minutes until set. Switch off heat and open over door slightly. Leave pie in oven until cool. Dust with remaining cinnamon and serve cut in wedges or in traditional diamond-shaped pieces.

Note: Store honey pie in covered container in refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Source:
Cole Publishing Group Recipe Collection

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