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Tyrini Sunday with Tyrompiskota (Cheesy Savoury Cookies)

Tyrini Sunday with Tyrompiskota (Cheesy Savoury Cookies)

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Tyrompiskota (pronounced Tee-roh-mpi-SKOH-tah) literally mean cheese biscuits.  I made them based on other shortbread cookies I have made in the past by adding cheese and spices. 

Tyrini Sunday is the last day before the Easter fasting period which also marks the end of the carnival.  

Therefore no meat is eaten but during the whole week before Tyrini it is a tradition to eat anything with dairy products, especially cheese and eggs in order to prepare for the great Lent.

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In Cyprus the last day before the fasting for Christmas (14th November) and Tyrini, before Easter are called “sikoses”. 

Sikoses, from the verb σηκώνω =  sikono, which means “to lift” because it is the last day of “Apokries” or carnival, which both mean, abstaining from eating meat.

In this cake “sikoses” means lifting non-Lenten food from our tables.

On this day it is a tradition in our house to make Cypriot Ravioles, as my mother did and I continue the tradition because my family love them and who wouldn’t love hand made pasta, filled with halloumi and mint?

Here are a few other  ideas from where you can get inspiration about what to make on Tyrini Sunday:

I made these savoury cookies two years ago again on Tyrini, which is today. 

They are very easy to make and taste amazing.

I added two of my favourite cheeses, halloumi and graviera and a combination of various spices and herbs on top, which made them disappear in no time.

These cookies are ideal with a cup of coffee or tea but also with a cold beer or a glass of wine.

They are very versatile so the combination of cheeses can vary by adding kefalotyri, kefalograviera, kaskavalli, ladotyri Mytilinis or other hard cheeses and spices which you like best.

Collage Halloumi savory cookies

 

Tyrini Sunday with Tyrompiskota (Cheesy Savoury Cookies)

Tyrompiskota Halloumi Cookies picture

Tyrompiskota (pronounced Tee-roh-mpi-SKOH-tah) literally mean cheese biscuits.  I made them based on other shortbread cookies by adding cheese and spices to them. 

Tyrini Sunday with Tyrompiskota (Cheesy Savoury Cookies)

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Tyrompiskota (pronounced Tee-roh-mpi-SKOH-tah) literally mean cheese biscuits.  I made them based on other shortbread cookies by adding cheese and spices to them. 

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup grated halloumi
  • ½ cup graviera
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Cold water optional

Spices:

Instructions

  1. Put both cheeses and 1 cup of flour and salt in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Add butter and mix with your hands.
  3. Add the egg yolk, mix and then add the remaining half cup of flour gradually until the dough holds together. If necessary add some cold water, a tablespoon at a time until the dough holds together.
  4. Make it into a roll, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for half an hour.
  5. Cut them into thin slices with a sharp knife. Place them on parchment paper, sprinkle tops with spices and refrigerate again.
  6. Preheat oven to 180 o C / 350 o F and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until firm and lightly browned around edges.
  7. When you can handle them, remove cookies to a wire rack to cool
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Jean

Saturday 3rd of March 2012

Looks like a very intesting recipe. I always like to eat these type of savory cookies, and the cheese makes it all the more delectable.

-Jean

Simona

Saturday 3rd of March 2012

We were on the same wavelength: we both made savory cookies. I like the various toppings.

5 Star Foodie

Wednesday 29th of February 2012

The Cheesy Savory Cookies sound scrumptious how fun to experiment with different herb/spice toppings!

Juliana

Tuesday 28th of February 2012

Ivy, I can almost taste this savory cookies melting in my mouth...love the herbs and the cheese of course. Great to serve when you have guest. Thanks for this delicious recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

Caffettiera

Tuesday 28th of February 2012

These would be way to dangerous to have around. I cannot resist savoury biscuits, and these look scrumptious.

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