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Cypriot Tyropita (Savory Cheese Cake)

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Cypriot Tyropita is a savoury cake which we make in Cyprus with halloui and mint.  Tyropita pronounced ti-RO-pee-ta) means cheese from tyri and pie from pita.

The word “tyropita has a very wide meaning and it can be anything with cheese, made with homemade phyllo, store bought phyllo pastry, puff pastry, kourou pastry, kataifi pastry, or with  bread bread dougha and cheese in it,  which we make during  Easter, a savoury bread (cake) with eggs or even a sweet pastry.

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The variety of cheeses to use are endless: halloumi, Paphitiko cheese, feta, graviera, kefalotyri, anthotyros, myzithra the list is endless.  A mixture of the above cheeses can be combined or even add some cheese from other countries as well.

Can you think of a better way to start your breakfast? I am sure you can, but here’s a kind of breakfast we have in Cyprus. It’s a a Halloumi bread or cake, with lots and lots and lots and lots of mint in it.  When you think you’ve added enough mint, just add some more.

The cheese we usually use is aged, homemade halloumi but of course you can use any kind of halloumi, provided you can grate it.  I don’t say that the halloumi we get in the supermarkets is not good but if you have tasted homemade halloumi, which is quite usual in Cyprus, made with ewe’s and goat milk only then you will know the difference.    When halloumi is made fresh, it is soft, creamy and rubbery in texture and mildly salty and minty  in taste.  It is preserved in brine, so as it ages it becomes harder and saltier, with a much robust texture, which makes it easier to grate and the taste gets muvh better as it ages.

Tyropita before baking image

This is the perfect cheese to make the Cypriot Tyropita or Halloumopita.

Are you having some friends over for a cup of coffee or a cup of tea?  This tyropita is easy to make and you will surely please your guests.  No mixer is required, you just mix everything together and bake.

Kypriaki Tyropita (Savory Cypriot Cheese Cake)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Category: Savoury Cakes

Cuisine: Cypriot cuisine

Yield: 1 cake 28 cm bundt form

Kypriaki Tyropita (Savory Cypriot Cheese Cake)

Cypriot Tyropita is a savoury cake which we make in Cyprus with halloui and mint.Tyropita pronounced ti-RO-pee-ta) means cheese from tyri and pie from pita.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups grated halloumi cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 can (410 grams – 14.45 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup peanut oil or good quality mild olive oil
  • 5 - 6 tbsp dried mint or 1 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2½ - 3 cups of self-raising flour

Instructions

  1. In a big bowl whisk the eggs (no mixer required), add the grated cheese, the oil, milk, dried mint (be generous with it) and the flour.
  2. The amount of flour is between 2 1/2 - 3 cups, depending on how big your eggs are.
  3. Just make it as the texture of a cake and also bake it as a cake. When a toothpick comes out clean, then it’s ready.
  4. Grease and flour a 28 cm (11 inch) cake bundt form or a 26 - 28 cm round baking tin and sprinkle some flour.
  5. Pour in the mixture and bake in a preheated oven to 180o C / 350o F and bake for about one hour until the crust is golden brown.
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Now I know some of you can’t find halloumi but don’t worry.   (Believe me back in 2007 it was impossible to find halloumi even in Greek supermarkets and whenever we went to Cyprus, it was the first in my list to bring back with us).   Now you can find it easily but even if you can’t you can buy it online.  If you can get hold of some Greek cheese like graviera, kefalograviera or kefalotyri it’s still good but kefalotyri might make it a bit salty.  A mixture of halloumi and  graviera is what I used most of the  times when I did not have halloumi.

 

collae Cypriot tyropita imageSee how crunchy it is outside and how moist inside.

Cypriot Tyropita (Savory Cypriot Cheese Cake)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Baking time:  60 minutes

Makes: 1 cake (28 cm (11 inch) cake bundt form)

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups grated halloumi cheese
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 can (410 grams – 14.45 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup peanut oil or good quality mild olive oil
  • 5 – 6 tbsp dried mint
  • 2½ – 3 cups of self-raising flour

Directions:

  1. In a big bowl whisk the eggs (no mixer required), add the grated cheese, the oil, milk, dried mint (be generous with it) and the flour.
  2. The amount of flour is between 2 1/2 – 3 cups, depending on how big your eggs are.
  3. Just make it as the texture of a cake and also bake it as a cake. When a toothpick comes out clean, then it’s ready.
  4. Grease and flour a 28 cm (11 inch) cake bundt form or a 26 – 28 cm round baking tin and sprinkle some flour.
  5. Pour in the mixture and bake in a preheated oven to 180o C / 350o F and bake for about one hour until the crust is golden brown.

 

Slice of Tyropita image

The same mixture can be used to make mini cakes.

collage halloumi muffins image

The idea of lining the muffin tin with phyllo was an original idea of mine several years ago, when I made  the Sweet tyropita (Cheese Pie).  You do not need  to use muffin cases but as I was taking them to an event,  in the end I put them in the muffin cases for a better presentation and to avoid greasing our hands.

This and many more recipes are included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

Halloumi Muffins with Phyllo image

Other relevant recipes:

Tyropita with Kourou Phyllo

Tyropitakia

Patsavouropita, the easiest Greek Tyropita

Tyropita me Maratho and Watermelon Halloumi Salad

Tyropita me Piperies (Savory Cheese Cake with Peppers)

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18 Responses

  1. Peter G

    Μπραβο Ivy. Τωρα εμαθα και την Κυπραικη τυροπιτα! I knew about the haloumi but i had no idea about the mint. What a wonderful creation.

  2. Bellini Valli

    Yia Sas “Sis”. I am flying to Athens now…never mind the 11 hour plane trip…to have some breakfast at your home…wink..wink…if it were only true. This tyropita sounds incredible!!!!!

  3. Ivy

    Thanks Peter, When they make halloumi they put some fresh mint on the cheese and then fold it. When you cut the halloumi you will always see mint inside.

  4. Ivy

    Hi sis, when you come over we’ll bake one together at my house 🙂

  5. bbaking

    am loving the sound of lots of mint! it looks so yummy!

  6. Suganya

    I don’t get Halloumi cheese where I live. I know it tastes great when grilled, and frankly, that is the only way I know to use it. Thanks for the recipe, and your participation, Ivy.

  7. Ivy

    Hi Suganya. I am glad you know halloumi. You can have it as it is in sandwiches, fried, grilled and I have made a fantastic sweet dessert with it.

  8. Núria

    I will definitevely don’t cook this one. Don’t take me wrong Ivy! It’s just that I don’t like cheese, but it looks really yummy!!!

  9. Ivy

    I know a lot of people who don’t like cheese but coming to think of it I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like halloumi.

  10. Zoe

    WOW. this looks amazing, and so delicious! I have not thought of using halloumi like this (mostly because it is so yummy I usually just grill it, squeeze over some lemon and gobble it down!) but I will definitely try this.

  11. Ivy

    Hi Zoe, you are so right about halloumi but try this one as well and see how great it is. Some friend have tried it and left some comments on my Greek site and said they loved it.

  12. SOULLA

    brilliant recipe, tried it loved it!! thank you 🙂

  13. Ivy

    Glad you liked it Soulla.

  14. Arwa

    Hi Ivy,
    I was glad when I find this recipe I was searching for it for very long time, I never ate it before, but once I saw it on T.V. and I knew that I will love it …
    Can you tell me please where I can find the recipe? Thank you very much

    • The recipe will be included in my cookbook which hopefully will be published in the next couple of months.

  15. Wanda

    Wow this looks yummy! But mint makes food a little bitter, doesn’t it?

  16. Hi Ivy. I am trying this today; I usually come back to your website for recipes that my thies and yiayia didn’t teach me, and this was one of them. Looking forward to it. Added some lactose free cheese to it, as we have some lactose intolerance here, so I’ll post an update!
    What’s your best macaronia tou fournou recipe?
    Thanks!

    • Ivy

      Hi Maria, I’ve never tried lactose free cheese before but so long as you like it, then the tyropita will taste good as well. Keep me posted 🙂