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Eliopita, Eliotes or Eliopitakia (Cypriot olive pies)


Eliopita, Eliotes or Eliopitakia are traditional Cypriot snacks made either in the form of bread or as roulades or pies.

For those who are fasting for Greek lent a variety of different food is necessary.

Do you know what they used to have for breakfast some generations back? Bread and olives and that kept them strong and healthy to work all day in the fields.


However, how tasteful the olives may be we never eat bread and olives for breakfast but if you try making it with a phyllo which is very aromatic and then making them into small eliopitakia, or elioti (olive bread) or olive roulade, this is something you will want everyday for breakfast.

Eliotes or eliopitakia (Olive pies) however, is something not only that you will be glad to have for lent but any time of the year.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste as well as in Volume 1 of my e-cookbook, sold on all Amazon stores.



Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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16 Responses

  1. Bellini Valli

    I would love to have this for breakfast or any old time “sis”. The orange juice in the dough is extra special:D

  2. Mansi Desai

    ooh!! these look inviting Ivy! wonderful, thanks for sending these for WBB:)

  3. Peter G

    Interesting touch with the oj Ivy. I love olives and these look really crispy. Considering how many “elies” you have available in Greece. Where do you begin?

  4. Cakelaw

    Yum – I’d like these for breakfast tomorrow please!

  5. Núria

    Wow Ivy, I’m sure I would love this one!!!! So flavourful the mixture of the filling. Mmmmmm! 😀

  6. Pixie

    Yummy Ivy, I so enjoy visiting your blog and discovering new and delicious dishes!

    oh and marmite, is nothing like wasabi lol it’s difficult to describe- if you like salty food you’ll possibly like marmite

  7. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    Actually this kind of breakfast is right up my alley! Sounds wonderful!

  8. Elly

    ooh I have never had these before Ivy but they look SO good. I just know I would love them.

  9. Ivy

    Just a quick note to say thank you everybody for visiting and commenting. I just have so little time lately and cannot spend a lot of time on the computer.

  10. Laurie Constantino

    These look delicious Ivy; I’ll bet the sesame seeds really add a lot of flavor. And very cute too!

  11. Emiline

    You had my heart when you said, “olive”.
    These pies are so cute looking.
    I’m scared of making my own phyllo. So greeeeat job!

  12. Rosie

    Oh my these would be lovely for breakfast Ivy. Sounds wonderful 😀

    Rosie x

  13. Susan from Food Blogga

    I wouldn’t have any problem switching my oatmeal for this breakfast, Ivy. I love these!

  14. Cynthia

    I love being introduced to all these dishes.

  15. Passionate baker...& beyond

    Have a good Easter Ivy. I love the traditional meals you post. Throws light on a new cuisine. These are wonderful! Ciao for now!

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  20. Hey Ivy

    I have been searching for these for a long time as the last time I had proper ones I was in my Yiayia’s vilage in Prothromos.

    Whenever my famliy bakes bread, we always use OJ, but also cinnamon water, it just gives it a nice subtle spice and colour to the dough.

    Can’t wait to try them this weekend : )

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