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Tiganopsomo (fried bread)

Tiganopsomo (fried bread)

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Tiganopsomo, which means fried bread is very easy to make.   All you need is any kind of yeasted bread dough, which is fried in olive oil.  Some times it is filled with cheese, such as feta or any other hard Greek cheese but when it is not filled, it can turn into a dessert by sprinkling some honey or  icing sugar and cinnamon on top.

I usually make this with leftover dough but it is so worth making it from scratch.  You have to be extra careful that when rolling out the dough it is not too thick as it may not cook inside.

At the end you will find a second recipe called pseudo-tiganopsomo (fake fried bread).  When making a savory pie, I had some leftover phyllo, so I gave it a try to see how it would work with that pastry and although it had a different texture and taste, it still tasted great.   That day, I only added a mixture of feta and graviera cheese but sometimes I also add some fresh oregano, dill, fennel or mint, depending on what I have at hand and depending on what cheese I use.

Making phyllo for tiganopsomo

Both breads can be served as a snack with some honey on top.  The contrast of salty feta and sweet honey is just amazing!

Tiganopsomo fried bread


Preparation time:  30  minutes

Waiting time:  1 hour

Cooking time:  15 minutes

Makes:  8



  • 12 ½ grams fresh yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup tepid water

For the dough:

  • 300 grams all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup tepid milk (or water)


  • 150 grams feta
  • Other ingredients:
  • ¼ cup olive oil to brush the phyllo
  • Mild olive oil or vegetable oil for frying


  1. Dissolve the yeast with some lukewarm water, sugar and a couple tablespoons flour.  Cover and set aside until it bubbles.
  2. Attach the dough hook to the mixer.
  3. Put the flour in the bowl of the mixer, add salt and olive oil. Mix on low speed.  Add the water gradually and mix until a ball is formed around the hook.  The dough should be soft and not sticky to the hands or on the mixer bowl.
  4. Cover the dough and let it rest until it doubles in volume.
  5. Deflate it by kneading it a few times on your work surface.
  6. Make it into a roll and divide the dough into 8 equal pieces (about 70 grams each) and using a dowel, roll each piece out to a rough round shape, on a silicone mat, until it reaches about 18 cm across. If not using a silicone mat, sprinkle the work surface and phyllo with flour to keep from sticking.
  7. Brush the phyllo with olive .
  8. Create an imaginary circle, about 5 cm / 2 inches diametre in the centre and using a sharp knife make 6 -8 cuts.
  9. Fold each piece of dough around the centre.
  10. Take each piece of dough and roll out again making a round phyllo around 18 cm.
  11. Crumble feta.
  12. Add 1/8th (about 1 tbsp) feta in the circle and fold around the centre, making sure to enclose the cheese. Using the dowel make it a little bit thinner.
  13. Cover with cling film and a kitchen towel and let it rest for a while.
  14. Heat the oil and fry on both sides until golden.
  15. Serve as it is or with some honey on top.

Tiganopsomo (fried bread)




This is called pseudo-tiganopsomo because it’s not made with leavened bread dough.  This is usually called boureki.

Pseudo-tiganopsomo – Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:15 minutes

Serves:  8


Homemade phyllo dough 




Olive oil



Feta (or Halloumi or Fresh Myzithra Cheese)



Graviera Cheese (reserving a tablespoon for sprinkling on top)

Salt and freshly ground pepper




 See Recipe How to make dough.  Made with leftover phyllo  (1/3 of the amount).


 Divide the dough in two equal parts and roll out into two round pieces.


Spread both cheeses, leaving 2 cm phyllo uncovered and season with salt and pepper.


When rolling the second phyllo, brush with olive oil and cover the cheese filling and press both phyllos to join.  (At this stage you may deep freeze it to be fried another day).


Brush again with olive oil.


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a non stick frying pan and fry on both sides until golden brown.


Remove to a plate, cut with a sharp knife and sprinkle some graviera cheese on top.


Serve while it is hot with some honey.

Tiganopsomo with cheese

Am I a very lucky person or not?  On Thursday afternoon, shortly after posting the last recipe, my new camera arrived by courier.   I was so anxious to receive it as I ordered it from e-bay and only after buying it I noticed that the manual was in Japanese!!  Anyway that was no problem at all as the store I bought it from were very helpful and told me where I could download the manual in English.  However, It is 200 pages and I have only managed to read just the basic.

It’s a Nikon P90, point and shoot camera and it’s operation seems to be quite simple, much simpler than my old one.

The Caryads

Even without the manual, on Friday I took it with me at The Acropolis Museum and took lots of pictures and hope to tell you all about it in my next post.

Tiganopsomo with honey

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!

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Tuesday 21st of July 2009

So nicely browned. Thanks for introducing me to graviera cheese, a new-to-me ingredient. Will have to seek this out when I get the chance.

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Saturday 11th of July 2009

Fried bread with cheese or honey! You can't go wrong with that combo! Nice shot with the gooey cheese coming out!


Friday 10th of July 2009

I love fried bread! This is right up my alley!

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Thursday 9th of July 2009

OMG. Too much! Too much good stuff.

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Wednesday 8th of July 2009

Ivy, I've had the individual (atomiki) tiganpita and they are delish. Yours are making me hungry (again). I can see a vast improvement with the photos from your new camera.

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