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Greek Anthotyros and Figs Muffins

Fresh anthotyros is often called the Greek cream cheese because of its texture and taste, although it is more granular in texture than regular cream cheese. It is traditionally used as a table or dessert cheese and as an ingredient in stuffed pies (pitas). It goes well with fruits such as figs, pears, and apples.

Anthotyros or myzithra is made from sheep’s and/or goat’s whey with the addition of milk after making other types of cheese and we usually eat it for breakfast with honey and fruit or use it in many of our sweet and savory pies. in savoury dishes with oil, tomato and wild herbs and it is also ideal for pasta dishes. This cheese has been made for centuries. Its name literally means”flower cheese”. The word “anthos” means flower but it is used metaphorically to describe the elite or the most distinguished part of something.

I have seen anthotyro compared to ricotta cheese but it resembles only in the appearance and not in the taste. I find anthotyro much more tasty and creamy and even in Greece some anthotyro taste better than other. The only one I have found which is similar to the Cypriot one which is called “anari” is a brand of Cretan Anthotyro.

I was so happy to find this brand in the supermarket that I bought 3 packages. I wanted to make something really original with it and  I decided to try it with figs.

I just followed a muffin recipe I have made in the past but I really wanted to make something which should be really called a Greek muffin and for flavour I added mastic resin, which proved to be excellent in the flavour and of course pecans are my favourites, so I could not resist to add some as well.

The ingredients for this recipe is for 12 muffins but instead of making it all in muffin tins I made only six and the remaining I baked it in a tart pan.

Greek Anthotyros and Figs Muffins


  • 150 grams of butter
  • 150 grams of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 250 grams of self raising flour
  • 250 grams of anthotyro cheese
  • 150 grams of toasted pecans
  • 500 grams of fresh figs, peeled and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon of ground mastic resin (pounded with 1 teaspoon sugar)


Beat the butter with the sugar in the mixer at full speed for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
Lower speed to minimum and add an egg at a time until incorporated.
Add cheese, pecans and mastic resin. Finally add flour and mix with the spatula.

Empty batter in greased muffin tins or lined with parchment paper, spring form baking tin and decorate with figs.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for about 35 minutes for the muffins and 1 hour for the cake or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

I am entering this recipe to the 11th Edition of Muffin Monday, hosted by Dominique, at Cuisine Plurielle who was the winner of last month’s Muffin Monday. Dominique chose as a theme “In the colours and flavour of Autumn”.

As this is another of my concoctions I am also sending it over to Lore, of Culinarty, for her Event Original Recipes.

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Ntakos or Koukouvagia


Bourekia with anari (anthotyros)

Lasagna with ground turkey and vegetables

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30 Responses

  1. What gorgeous muffins and cake! A very interesting use of that delicious cheese! Perfect!



  2. I love that last picture.
    Looks so yumm.

  3. The idea of making muffins with figs is a unique idea… looking forward to trying your recipe..Muffins Fig recipe.. great for breakfast..


  4. Great and clever use of the anthotyro Ivy…perfect with figs in muffins…yum!

  5. When I first heard of this cheese I thought of ricotta as well. It has the same texture but as you already mentioned not the flavour. This is a very original recipe sis and I’m sure that both the muffins and the cake were delicious!!

  6. I want to do these muffins!!!! How clever 😀 Got some figs in my fridge that had to be eaten soon… this would be perfect… but again, the cheese is all over!

    I saw a chef cooking program during the weekend where they made a bizcocho (don’t know how to say in english, but it has no cheese) and they also added figs inside.

    It’s my destiny ;D

  7. What a goergeous name, flower cheese! The way you describe it sounds ideal for figs so I’m sure both muffins and tart made everyone ask for a refill 😀
    Thank you for your entry in the Original Recipes Round-Up and best of luck in the muffin contest!

  8. Awesome Ivy, Does this taste like ricotta or the goat cheese?

  9. How very creative…both the muffins and the cake look fantastic and tempting 🙂

  10. What an inspired muffin creation. I’ve not heard of anthotyro cheese before, but it sounds delicious!

  11. I’d never seen anthotyro before, but I’ll keep an eye out for it. As for these muffins–they look so good! This sounds like the kind of flavor where I’d be in trouble as I’d eat far more than I should in one sitting.

  12. These look amazing and the cake/tart looks beautiful. I can imagine the combination of figs and anthotyro is divine. I just put anthotyro on my shopping list!

  13. Anthotyro is new to me….love the muffins in keeping with the season

  14. vij

    amazing post!!! looks beautiful n yummy!!

  15. Muffins are one of my favorite foods. I would eat them every day if I could.

  16. Dee

    Wow, Ivy! I love the muffins, but I really like how there’s a story behind everyone of your dishes. It’s such an eye-opener. Thanks.

  17. PG

    wow! yum yum yum! fanatastic!

  18. looks delicious..perfect for fig season..

  19. Ivy….Muffins looks delicious…eye catching clicks, am drooling now here…

  20. Mm, that cut muffin looks fabulous… I love the addition of figs!

  21. oh i love figs!! for some reason, i always miss our figs season, i don’t know why. our figs are wild type which have small fruits. i should remember to make this when i see them fruiting again.

  22. These look delish Ivy – cream cheese and figs sounds like a wonderful combination.

  23. heart n soul

    what a beautiful idea! I love anthotiro, on its own and in desserts, I really want to eat/make this, even if it’s with ricotta, till I make it with anthotiro in Greece. excellent Ivy!

  24. Ivy

    Thank you Heart. Hope you’ll enjoy it.

  25. A wonderful post Ivy and such a great way to use cheese!! The muffins and cake look stunning!

    Rosie x

  26. I love figs! I want figs! I’m crazy for figs!!! If there’s a fig tree, you bet I’m fig-out there! Fig is such a beautiful fruit – unique, weird but delicious! Mamma mia Ivy, you got me there but now to find the cheese and the mastic LOL. Thanks for sharing!!! 2 thumbs up!

  27. thanks a lot for this recipe, it looks great

  28. very interesting recipe !! would love to taste them !!

  29. Wow! looks amazing. Say, would you mind sending me several kilos of anthotiro please…? 🙂 Perhaps some of those figs too? LOL

  30. Very tempting muffins ! I would like to taste this cheese !!! Thanks for your participation