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Kypriaki Tyropita (Savory Cheese Cake)

Cypriot tyropita

Can you think of a better way to start your breakfast? I am sure you can, but here’s a kind of breakfast we have in Cyprus. It’s a a Halloumi cake, with lots and lots and lots and lots of mint. It’s so easy to make and yet you just can’t have enough of it.  It is called Tyropita or Halloumopita.

Having some friends over for a cup of coffee or a cup of tea? This tyropita is great.

Now I know most of you can’t find halloumi but don’t worry.   (Believe me back in 2007 it was impossible to find halloumi in Greek supermarkets).   If you can get hold of some Greek cheese like graviera, kefalograviera or kefalotyri it’s still good but kefalotyri might make it a bit salty.  A mixture of halloumi and  graviera is what I use most of the  times.


See how crunchy it is outside and how moist inside.

The second recipe is a twist of the Tyropita we make in Cyprus.

The idea of lining the muffin tin with phyllo was an original idea of mine several years ago, when I made a Sweet tyropita (Cheese Pie). The idea was not to use muffin cases but in the end I put them in the muffin cases for a better presentation and to avoid greasing our hands.

The recipe is included in my cookbook Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!

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16 Responses

  1. Peter G

    Μπραβο Ivy. Τωρα εμαθα και την Κυπραικη τυροπιτα! I knew about the haloumi but i had no idea about the mint. What a wonderful creation.

  2. Bellini Valli

    Yia Sas “Sis”. I am flying to Athens now…never mind the 11 hour plane trip…to have some breakfast at your home…wink..wink…if it were only true. This tyropita sounds incredible!!!!!

  3. Ivy

    Thanks Peter, When they make halloumi they put some fresh mint on the cheese and then fold it. When you cut the halloumi you will always see mint inside.

  4. Ivy

    Hi sis, when you come over we’ll bake one together at my house :-)

  5. bbaking

    am loving the sound of lots of mint! it looks so yummy!

  6. Suganya

    I don’t get Halloumi cheese where I live. I know it tastes great when grilled, and frankly, that is the only way I know to use it. Thanks for the recipe, and your participation, Ivy.

  7. Ivy

    Hi Suganya. I am glad you know halloumi. You can have it as it is in sandwiches, fried, grilled and I have made a fantastic sweet dessert with it.

  8. Núria

    I will definitevely don’t cook this one. Don’t take me wrong Ivy! It’s just that I don’t like cheese, but it looks really yummy!!!

  9. Ivy

    I know a lot of people who don’t like cheese but coming to think of it I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like halloumi.

  10. zoe / puku

    WOW. this looks amazing, and so delicious! I have not thought of using halloumi like this (mostly because it is so yummy I usually just grill it, squeeze over some lemon and gobble it down!) but I will definitely try this.

  11. Ivy

    Hi Zoe/Puku, you are so right about halloumi but try this one as well and see how great it is. Some friend have tried it and left some comments on my Greek site and said they loved it.

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  13. SOULLA

    brilliant recipe, tried it loved it!! thank you :)

  14. Glad you liked it Soulla.

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  19. Arwa

    Hi Ivy,
    I was glad when I find this recipe I was searching for it for very long time, I never ate it before, but once I saw it on T.V. and I knew that I will love it …
    Can you tell me please where I can find the recipe? Thank you very much

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  22. Wanda

    Wow this looks yummy! But mint makes food a little bitter, doesn’t it?

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