Sfakià Pie (Sfakianì Pita)


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As I have told you in the past, Greece is a country that consists of thousands of islands. Crete, the largest one, has a very rich history that begins from the ancient ages. The island, once, was very powerful and developed a very prosperous and mighty civilization, the ruins of which can be seen even today in several places.

Today I am going to tell you the story about Theseus and Minotaur. Theseus was a hero of the ancient Greek mythology. He was considered to be the second more famous hero after Hercules. He was the king of Athens and son of Aegeas and Aethra.

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When Athenians killed the son of Minoas, who was the king of Crete, the latter made a war against them in which he won. To punish the Athenians for killing his son Androgeo, he obliged them to send every nine years, 7 Athenian girls and 7 Athenian boys to Crete and get devoured by Minotaur inside his labyrinth. Minotaur was a creature with human body and head and tale of a bull.

When Theseus learned about it, he decided to go there and put an end to all this. He said to his father, Aegeas that he would take the place of one of the seven young boys and he would go there and kill Minotaur. His father was very anxious knowing that his son had to fight really hard to win and so he told him that if he won, he should put white sails in his boat. If he died, tell the sailors to put black sails.

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Theseus left along with the other young people and during his travel to Crete he met Ariadne the daughter of King Minoas. She fell in love with him and she gave him a skein to use it to find his way out of labyrinth after killing Minotaur.

Indeed, Theseus followed the instructions, tied the one end of the skein at the door of the labyrinth and after killing Minotaur, he used the skein to find his way out. It was late at night and he, Ariadne and the rest of the crew and the youngsters took advantage of it and sailed away from Crete. On their way back home Theseus had to leave Ariadne in Naxos island because Dionysus wanted her as his wife.

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In the meantime, everyday Aegeas was sitting on a rock in Cape Sounio gazing at the sea expecting to see the ships returning from Crete. Perhaps because of a curse from Ariadne, who was left in Naxos or just a trick of fate, they totally forgot to change the sails from black to white.

When Aegeas saw the black sails from the cliff he was standing, he felt so desperate he put an end to his life by falling to the sea. Thus, the sea that accepted him in her arms took the name Aegean Sea in his honor and Theseus became the King of Athens.

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Cretan diet is among the top three healthiest diets in the world. They have unique, nutritious dishes that cannot be found in any other area of Greece. Today I am sharing with you these Sfakià Pies made from dough and soft mizithra. Mizithra is a soft Cretan cheese made from ship’s or goat’s milk similar to ricotta, but not the same. I am almost certain you will not be able to find soft mizithra where you live, but you can make these little pies with any soft, white cheese you have like ricotta for example. If you ever travel to Crete, remember to try the original ones. They have a combination of the sweet element from the honey and sour element from the cheese. It is a very interesting combination for your taste buds. For another Cretan recipe check here!

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5.0 from 10 reviews

Sfakià Pie (Sfakianì Pita)
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek/Cretan

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For the Dough
  • 500 gr. / 17.5 oz. all purpose flour
  • 250 gr. / 9 oz. lukewarm water
  • 45 gr. / 1.5 oz. olive oil
  • 45 gr. / 1.5 oz. white wine vinegar or tsikoudia
  • 1 tsp salt
For the Filling
  • 400 gr. / 14 oz. soft white cheese as soft mizithra or ricotta

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
For the Dough
  1. Place all the ingredients in your mixer’s bowl and whisk with the hook for 5 minutes.
  2. Stop whisking and let the dough rest for half an hour.
  3. Divide the dough in 10 equal little balls.
  4. My dough was about 840 gr. / 30 oz. so I divided it in balls weighing 84 gr. / 3 oz. each.
  5. Drain the cheese and divide it in ten equal balls each.
  6. As you see in pictures, open each ball of dough in a round disk about 10 cm. / 4 in.
  7. Put one ball of cheese in the center and cover it with the dough.
  8. Then start to work with the rolling pin and make rounded pies about 17 cm. / 6.6 in. to 20 cm. / 8 in. each. making sure that cheese is spread inside the dough.
  9. Place each pie in a non-stick pan without any fat and cook two minutes per side in medium low heat.
  10. Serve them with honey and cinnamon or maple syrup.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from Cretan Mills

5.0 from 10 reviews

Σφακιανή Πίτα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική/Κρητική

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για τη Ζύμη
  • 500 γρ. αλεύρι για όλες τις χρήσεις
  • 250 γρ. νερό χλιαρό
  • 45 γρ. ελαιόλαδο
  • 45 γρ. λευκό ξύδι από κρασί ή τσικουδιά
  • 1 κ.γ. αλάτι
Για την Γεμίση
  • 400 γρ. μαλακή μυζήθρα ή ανθότυρο

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Για τη Ζύμη
  2. Βάλτε όλα τα υλικά στο μπολ του μίξερ και ανακατέψτε με το γάντζο για 5 λεπτά.
  3. Αφήστε τη ζύμη να ξεκουραστεί για μισή ώρα.
  4. Χωρίστε τη ζύμη σε 10 ίσα μπαλάκια.
  5. Η ζύμη μου ήταν περίπου 840 γρ. έτσι τη χώρισα σε μπάλες των 84 γρ. κάθε μία.
  6. Στραγγίστε το τυρί και χωρίστε το σε δέκα ίσες μπάλες.
  7. Όπως βλέπετε στις εικόνες, ανοίξτε κάθε μπάλα ζύμης σε έναν δίσκο περίπου 10 cm.
  8. Βάλτε μία μπάλα του τυριού στο κέντρο και καλύψτε τη με τη ζύμη.
  9. Στη ανοίξτε με τον πλάστη τη ζύμη σε στρογγυλές πίτες περίπου 17 cm. με 20 cm. κάθε μία.
  10. Φροντίστε το τυρί να πάει παντού μέσα στη ζύμη.
  11. Τοποθετήστε κάθε πίτα σε ένα αντικολλητικό τηγάνι, χωρίς οποιοδήποτε λίπος και ψήστε για δύο λεπτά από κάθε πλευρά σε μέτρια χαμηλή φωτιά.
  12. Σερβίρετε με μέλι και κανέλα.

Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή προσαρμογή από τους Μύλους Κρήτης

 

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42 Responses to Sfakià Pie (Sfakianì Pita)

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  1. Agos says:

    I hadn’t heard of this before, but it sounds so interesting! And it looks delicious :)

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  3. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Katrina,
    Your Sfakia Pie Pita looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Diane Balch says:

    such an interesting recipe with a unique history. So glad you are with us each week on foodie friday. Pinned.

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  7. These look amazingly delicious!! Pinning these so I can try to make them. Also loved your Greek Mythology story with this recipe. Thanks for sharing ;)

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  9. this recipe is a must try….never thought of stuffing a pita so beautifully….they must taste divine,thanks :-)

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  11. Michelle says:

    This looks amazing. I am definitely going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday.

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  13. This somewhat looks like Indian paratha. Wow, sfakia pie is such a wonderful recipe. I have never heard of this pie before and it sounds delish!

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  15. What a wonderful combination! They tempted me to try out this recipe..

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  17. rebecca says:

    wonderful story telling bet your kids always wanted you to put them to bed and this looks delicious

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  19. Liz says:

    Such great history with each of your Greek dishes! I’d love to try this pita…but what I’d really love is to come to Greece and eat it there :)

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  21. Beth says:

    When I was a kid, a had a book of Greek myths that I read over and over again. The story of Theseus and Minotaur was one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing it again, and for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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  23. I don’t know of anyone who has a more delightful blog to visit. Not only is this a delicious and tempting recipe but the mythology that you shared with us was so interesting.

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  25. grace says:

    oh man, that pool of sweet syrup and cinnamon looks AMAZING! what a treat!

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  27. Claire says:

    Katerina, that looks amazing! I’m hoping my husband’s bees produce some honey this summer so I’ll have to try this and drizzle some on top :)

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  29. Angela says:

    This looks absolutely wonderful! Pinning!!! Thanks so much for sharing at The Wednesday Roundup! Hope to see you again next week! ~Angela @ LeMoine Family Kitchen

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  31. Juliana says:

    I love Greek mythology, I never get tired of it…now these pies look delicious, with a creamy layer of cheese in between and drizzles of honey…yum!
    Thanks for the recipe Katerina…enjoy your week :D

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  33. G’day! This looks delicious and thanks for allowing me to learn something new!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  35. Louise says:

    I love your stories, Katerina. They add a nuance of flavor to each and every recipe you share with us:)

    I have never heard of this pie before but it sure does sound intriguing. I’m sure it tastes heavenly. Thank you so much for sharing, Katerina…

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  37. You create the most amazing dishes Katerina! Yummy!!!

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  39. Hadia says:

    Katerina I am drooling, this sounds so good

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  41. Aunt Bee says:

    Wow! I had never heard of this! It looks fantastic! I love learning about new foods!

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  43. Ξανθή says:

    Πήρα απόψε ανθότυρο είμαι σε καλό δρόμο νομίζω.
    Φιλιά

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  45. This looks wonderful! Would this be a dessert or breakfast meal? The cheese looks like it would add a nice bit of flavor!

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  47. Most unusual…new to me at least. :)

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  49. Sissi says:

    Thank you, Katerina. Your stories from the Greek mythology remind me of the nicer moments of my school readings ;-) This pie looks so original and delicious! It’s such a pleasure to discover a dish from Crete. The mixture of flavours reminds me of some Polish dishes made with fresh cheese and sugar (pancakes, dumplings… or even a Polish cheesecake made with real cheese; not the industrial greasy invention) , where sweetness and tanginess are combined. I am sure I would love this pie too.

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  51. Love this dessert, never heard or nor have had this before. It looks delicious.

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  53. I’d love one of these any time of day. The ricotta and honey would make my taste buds sing.

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  55. Oh my goodness Katerina! I am drooling over your Sfakia Pie! I have never heard of this dish and hope I get the chance to try it someday. I love your story behind the recipe which as always make me wish I could visit your beautiful country!

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  57. WOW, I have never had one of these, but it sure looks good! Greeks know how to do it!! I love the story too!

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  59. Kecia says:

    These look so delicious! I know they would make my mouth so happy!! I love honey and cinnamon on the top and the filling sounds amazing!

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  61. Barbara says:

    Wish I had known about these when I visited Crete! They look delicious, Katerina!

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  63. Oh Katerina!! These are just wonderful, never heard of them!! Love learning about and trying new foodies, they sound wonderful!!! I am definitely putting them on my list!! And they come with a great story!!!

    Hugs

    Pinning and will be sharing on FB later today!!

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  65. Love this, Katerina! This is very similar to middle Eastern mutabak – flattened dough stuffed with cheese and topped with simple syrup or honey. Yum!

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  67. Fantastic recipe and I am having a sweet tooth right now and this sounds like it would really hit the spot. I can’t wait to try your recipe with Ricotta.

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  69. You got me with these…I can’t wait to make them! Thanks

    ela h.

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  71. Oh boy, this looks soooooooooooo delicious! The soft cheese sounds so good with this. With honey and cinnamon, I bet this is just spectacular!!

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  73. Kate says:

    Ariadne is one of my favorite Greek “heroines”

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  75. They somehow remind me of Indian stuffed flatbreads. I am sure they taste fantastic. Thanks for sharing, Katerina.

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  77. Ha for once you tell a tale I know well from beginning to end, love this one. And I had the pleasure of visiting Crete alas I do not remember trying these Sfakià Pie, they look AMAZING!

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  79. Υπέροχες οι σφακιανές πίτες σου Κατερίνα!
    Με απλά υλικά, αλλά πολύ μεράκι και φοβερή γεύση!
    Τις λατρεύω!
    Σε φιλώ

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  81. peps says:

    Τρελλαίνομαι για τις σφακιανές πίτες και φαίνονται τόσο εύκολες!!!!!
    Μπράβο σου, πολύ λαχταριστές!!!

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  83. Magda says:

    I loooove these pies Katerina and I haven’t made them nor eaten them in such a long time. Thanks for the reminder, they look delicious!

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