How to cook a Bulgarian Banitsa

ZorriV By ZorriV, 4th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Situated in the East part of Europe, Bulgaria is a little country with rich culture and exotic cuisine. This time we’ll introduce you to one of the most popular Bulgarian dishes – the amazing Banitsa. It’s the most preferred breakfast but it’s often eaten for lunch and dinner, as well.

Introduction

Bulgarians have a tradition to eat Banitsa when they have special occasions such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, baptisms, weddings, etc. The interesting is that on Christmas they put in the cake a coin and according to the legend the one who find it will win an enormous wealth the next year. On the New Year’s Eve Banitsa is the most important dish on the table. The magic here comes from the little fortunes hidden in each piece of the pie – a piece for every guest! The eldest person whilst the Banitsa and depending on the way it stops – you’ll have to take the piece in front of you. The most often fortunes say “you’ll have mountains of money next year”, “you’ll get married”, “you’ll have a baby”, “you’ll get a new flat or house”, “you’ll be the laziest man on the earth”, “you work all day and night”, “you’ll meet the love of your life”, etc. The New Year’s Eve Banitsa contains a coin, too.

Ingredients

Although Banitsa is made of simple ingredients as dough sheets, eggs and feta cheese, Bulgarian traditions allow many interesting designs. For example, you can have milk Banitsa which is prepared with a mix of fresh milk, eggs and sugar or a green Banitsa made of spinach. Bulgarians also cook a different way of ‘washed’ Banitsa where the sheets are being previously boiled in water.

What do you need for making Banitsa?
As we upper mentioned, the Banitsa is made of simple ingredients. That’s why it’s a delicious dish which each family can afford. You don’t need to be a chef to prepare the Banitsa. What you have to do is just following our instructions.
1 package of dough sheets (or sheets prepared on your own)
1 package of butter
Not less than 5 eggs
300 Gr cheese
½ little bucket of yoghurt
3 soup spoons of olive oil
½ spoon of bread soda
1 cup of water-soda

First way

1/ Scramble the cheese in a wide vessel;
2/ Add the eggs and the bread soda and scramble until you get a nice mix;
3/ Add the yoghurt and butter and continue to scramble 5 more minutes;
4/ Then take a round large baking tin and smear it with oil;
5/ Put the first two sheets so that they cover the entire tin;
6/ Smear with oil again and put a little of the prepared mix;
7/ Then put another two sheets and smear them again;
8/ Repeat this procedure until you reach the end of the baking tin;
9/ Smear with oil again and make a slot through the middle of the pie;
10/ in the end pure on the Banitsa with the soda.

Put the tin in the previously preheated oven to 375 degrees. The Banitsa will be ready after about 40 minutes.

Second way

1/ Scramble the cheese in a wide vessel;
2/ Add the eggs and the bread soda and scramble until you get a nice mix;
3/ Add the yoghurt and butter and continue to scramble 5 more minutes;
4/ Then take a round large baking tin and smear it with oil
5/Spread a piece of the filling evenly on the entire sheet;
6/ Roll the sheet;
7/ Prepare the other rolls in the same way;
8/ Arrange the ready roll in the tray in a shape of a spiral;
9/Put the Banitsa in the oven and bake it about 30-40 minutes until it achieves a golden color.

Tags

Banitsa, Bulgaria, Tradition

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Nov 2015 (#)

Sounds tasty!

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author avatar ZorriV
6th Nov 2015 (#)

YOu should try :) It also looks tasty :D

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