Flaky Bulgarian Banitsa


Banitsa is a traditional Bulgarian food, prepared on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Normally, lucky charms and wishes written on a piece of paper and wrapped in tin foil are placed into the pastry for people to get one when served a piece of the Banitsa during the family gatherings on the Christmas holidays.

For a recipe with only 3 ingredients, one would be so pleasantly surprised how delicious it is! Sometimes, my friends, less is more!


  • 400g pastry sheets
  • 400g white cheese
  • 130g butter – melted


First, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature and then melt the butter. You can do that in the microwave on stages or using a double boiler. Grease your pan, and start greasing the sheets. Grease half of each sheet and fold it. Place the cheese at the longer edge, creating a line and roll it tightly, but avoid squeezing too hard as this might tear the sheet apart. The first one is the hardest as you need to twist it to a cinnamon-roll-like form. The next sheets roll around the first one until you run out of space on the pan. Usually, a 30 cm pan is big enough to fit all the ingredients. If you don’t have this size, just use any pan at hand and bake the rest of the ingredients using the same technique in a second pan.

Bake in preheated oven on 180C for 20-25 minutes or until golden.



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