Baba’s Banitsa

This is the recipe of one Bulgarian lady’s great-grandmother’s Banitsa

You take dough and make it really thin(1-2 mm) or if you can’t you can buy one from the shop. It has to be flexible and moldable like dough, not like hard pasta or lasagna. Filo pastry works well!


  • 1 dough (for example filo pastry)


  • 5 eggs
  • 500g Bulgarian or greek (Feta) cheese
  • 500g or 1 big Bulgarian yogurt or greek one
  • 1 tea spoon of baking soda(powder)
  • You mix the baking powder with the yogurt.


Mix all ingredients for the filling.

Take one sheet and put a soup spoon filled with oil and you spread it even, then a few spoons of the filling and spread it even. Then you roll the sheet and it resembles a long snake. Then put it on the baking tray like a spiral in the center. The baking tray should be round and have oil or flour on the bottom. Continue to do this with every single sheet or until the tray is full. Then you bake it at 200C for 30-40 minutes. That’s it!


The filling can be altered in many ways. Spinach, onions, meat, anything goes. There are also sweet versions; the most popular is with apple, cinnamon and walnuts filling or with pumpkins and cinnamon.

Photo credit: Merle Ja Joonas Photo Credit: Merle Ja Joonas


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