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Two slices of Banitsa one on top of the other on a dark glass plate. Two forks next to the plate. Round baking dish with Banitsa in it on the background. White napkin on the side next to the plate.

Easy Banitsa Recipe - Bulgarian Cheese Pie

Traditional Bulgarian Banitsa. Layers of phyllo dough and yogurt-feta filling. Baked to crispy golden brown with a fluffy interior.
Course Breakfast, savory, Snack
Cuisine Bulgarian
Keyword banitsa, Phyllo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Milena M


  • 400 g Yogurt 1½ cups
  • 1 t Baking Soda
  • 400 g Feta cheese 2½ cups
  • 4 Eggs
  • 100 g Butter 1/2 cup
  • 400 g Phyllo dough sheets


  • Oil or use malted butter to brush the bottom and sides of a round baking dish. Set aside.
  • In a bowl combine yogurt and baking soda. The yogurt will foam up from the reaction with the soda. Add crumbled feta and eggs. Mix. Set aside.
  • Melt butter or use vegetable oil. Spread the butter over one of the phyllo sheets using a pastry brush. Then flip the sheet over the one underneath and spread about 3-4 tbsps of the yogurt-feta mixture. Roll both sheets from the wider side creating a log. Place on the center of the baking dish, creating a snail shape. Repeat the same process with each layer, oil/butter, flip, spread filling, roll both sheets. Continue the snail shape with each roll starting from the end of the previous one.
  • When done, brush the top with more butter/oil, and if you have any filling left spread it on top.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350F(180C), for 25-30 minutes or till golden brown on top.
  • Enjoy hot or cold.