Sunday 26 February 2012

'Naked' Cheesepie - 'Avrakoti' Tyropita

So it seems this is the battle of the pies! Tyropita (cheesepie) and Spanakopita (spinachpie) are the two most popular pies in Greece. This is your chance to take sides! Personally I have always been on the Spanakopita side, but a good Tyropita can be quite a treat too!

This version isn't quite the classic Tyropita you will find in Greece. For one it has no pastry and is therefore a bit of a cheat as far as pies go. But it is one of my Nona's recipes and one of the family favourites! It is something between a cheesepie filling and a souffle. And it is a very safe fool-proof recipe in that there isn't too much that can go wrong, provided your oven works!

My brother made this recipe for my daughter's birthday party - yes I didn't do much of the cooking! - and this, too, went down a treat with adults and babies! It is possibly a little too salty for young babies, but I gave mine some as a treat, along with plenty of water!

Serves 4-6 people

500g feta, crumbled
250g of other hard cheese (gruyere, cheddar or other), grated
500g of Greek yoghurt
6 eggs
150 self raising flour
130g of butter, at room temperature
1 tsp nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 160 (fan oven). Beat the butter till soft and creamy. Beat the eggs and add gradually to the beaten butter. Add the crumbled feta and half of the cheese and the nutmeg and a few grinds of pepper to the butter and egg mixture. In a separate bowl blend the flour with the yoghurt and then add to the rest of the ingredients. Pour the mixture into a greased baking dish, sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until risen and golden brown. Enjoy with a nice fresh salad on the side.

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