Hello Dan and friends! I am Katerina from Culinary Flavors. I live in Greece and I am a working mother and wife. I love to cook and bake and I always try to find new ways to prepare classic meals. I have studied in the US and I have lots of friends there. I t was them who were asking for my recipes and my passion for cooking that made me go ahead and start blogging about it! After many book readings and seminars on food and photography, I am even more eager in doing what I am doing.
When Dan asked me to do a guest post for him, I was so excited, because I wanted to present to you my country and its kitchen which, believe me, it is much more than souvlaki, tzatziki and baklava. Greek kitchen uses a huge variety of vegetables and greens and is part of the Mediterranean Diet which is considered to be the best way to maintain a healthy body.
I decided for this guest post to make a sweet that is made in a Greek island called Sifnos. It is a very simple one and with ingredients you can find in any place of the world. But before we start talking about food, I would like to introduce you my country and its beauties.
Greece is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and it owns no less than 2,500 islands, 165 of which are inhabited. It is a mountainous country with a few plains scattered here and there. There are specific areas in the mainland, where no plain exists and people live in the slopes or feet of rocky mountains. In the old days, these people were quite secluded from the big urban areas and in some cases they stayed that way for the whole winter.
As you can understand the range of food they consumed was limited to what they were cultivating or breathing or to everything they could get from Mother Nature. Greek country is full of greens and herbs that have a very unique and delicious taste.
Athens is the capital of Greece. The second largest city is Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is the capital of the region of Macedonia and we call it co-capital.
Sifnos is an island that belongs in the Cyclades island group in Greece. Just like all Greek islands it has beautiful sandy beaches and blue waters. One of the local sweets made during Easter is this Melopita (Honey Pie). It is made with a local cheese called Mizithra, but you can substitute with Ricotta. It is a very easy and quick pie and if you top it with cinnamon and honey, then it becomes a super decadent and delicious dessert!
Melopita of Sifnos (Honey Pie of Sifnos)
- 1 kilo/ 2 lb. ricotta cheese or in Greece Mizithra
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 eggs
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 3 tbsp self- rising flour
- Add the ricotta cheese, the honey and sugar in your mixer’s bowl and mix with the whisk.
- Add the cinnamon, the ground cloves and the eggs one by one.
- Add the flour and continue to mix.
- Take a squared pan 30cm X 23cm / 12in. X 9in., butter it and flour it very well.
- Take a chinois and pass the batter through it. In this way the little lumps of cheese are mashed and the batter becomes fine and velvety.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake in a preheated oven at 170° C / 350° F for 40 to 50 minutes or until it becomes firm in the center.
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