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.u00c2u00a0 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. u00c2u00a0 (Believe me back in 2007 it was impossible to find halloumi in Greek supermarkets). u00c2u00a0 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.u00c2u00a0 A mixture of halloumi andu00c2u00a0 graviera is what I use most of theu00c2u00a0 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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  1. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Peter G u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    u00ceu009cu00cfu0080u00cfu0081u00ceu00b1u00ceu00b2u00ceu00bf Ivy. u00ceu00a4u00cfu0089u00cfu0081u00ceu00b1 u00ceu00b5u00ceu00bcu00ceu00b1u00ceu00b8u00ceu00b1 u00ceu00bau00ceu00b1u00ceu00b9 u00cfu0084u00ceu00b7u00ceu00bd u00ceu009au00cfu0085u00cfu0080u00cfu0081u00ceu00b1u00ceu00b9u00ceu00bau00ceu00b7 u00cfu0084u00cfu0085u00cfu0081u00ceu00bfu00cfu0080u00ceu00b9u00cfu0084u00ceu00b1! I knew about the haloumi but i had no idea about the mint. What a wonderful creation.

  2. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Bellini Valli u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ivy u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 bbaking u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

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

  5. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Suganya u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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.

  6. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ivy u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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.

  7. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Núria u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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!!!

  8. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ivy u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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.

  9. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 zoe / puku u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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.

  10. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Ivy u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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.

  11. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Savory Pepper Cake u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    [...] is a twist to the Cypriot Tyropita recipe I make with halloumi. However, adding new ingredients to it, makes a totally different [...]

  12. u00ceu009f/u00ceu0097 Arwa u00ceu00bbu00ceu00adu00ceu00b5u00ceu00b9:

    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

  13. [...] second recipeu00c2u00a0 is a twist of the Tyropita we make in Cyprus. u00c2u00a0 The ingredients used are the same butu00c2u00a0 I’ve adjusted the original [...]

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