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Meli Pita (Honey Pie)

RG

This is a traditional Greek Easter dessert, which is said to have originated on the island of Siphnos. The original pie combined delicious local honey with a special soft cheese made from sheep's milk.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 4 tablespoons cold water

Filling

  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 eggs
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon
  • Cinnamon


Instructions

  1. To make the pie crust, sift the flour. Add the butter with a pastry cutter or fork. The mixture will be crumbly. Gradually add 4 tablespoons of cold water, stirring until the dough is smooth. Roll out on a floured board with a rolling pin. Lift the dough carefully into a 9-inch pie plate. Pat into place and trim the edges. Set aside.
  2. To make the filling, beat the ricotta cheese and honey together. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.
  3. Grate the lemon rind and stir it into the cheese mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust.
  5. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  7. Chill in the refrigerator.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings


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