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This is a twist to the Cypriot Tyropita recipe I make with halloumi. However, adding new ingredients to it, makes a totally different savory cake. Instead of adding ham and turkey, you can substitute it with bacon which you have to grill or fry before using and discard the fat. Of course, bacon gives a lovely taste to the recipe but for a more healthy version I prefer using ham and turkey.

This is a very easy recipe as no mixer is involved but you just mix all the ingredients together.
When I last made it I used to take a piece for each of us at the Lake and it was a lovely snack after swimming.

Pepper Cake (My twist to the Cypriot Tyropita)

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 1 hour


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can of evaporated milk (410 gr.)
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups of self raising flour
  • 3 cups of halloumi or any kind of graviera cheese or kefalograviera (or a mixture of all)
  • a pinch of salt (only if you use graviera cheese)
  • a pinch of pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 6 slices of ham, cubed
  • 3 slices of turkey, cubed
  • 3 bells peppers, 3 different colours of your choice, cut into small pieces


  1. Dice the peppers and then grate the cheese in a big bowl.
  2. In a bowl add the eggs, olive oil, milk, ham and turkey, 3 spoonfuls of diced peppers and mix well with a spoon. Add salt and pepper if required and flour until you have the consistency of a cake and not a bread.
  3. Grease and flour a 26 cm. baking tin or line it with parchment paper. Place the remaining peppers in the tin and then add the mixture on top.
  4. Preheat oven at 180ο C and bake for about 1 hour until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the tin and place it upside down, in a platter. Allow to cool before serving.
  6. If it is not consumed within a day, store the remaining in the refrigerator.

08.08.08 8hrs 8min p.m. (Athens time)
Olympic Games

ANTHEM OF THE GAMES (literal translation)

Ancient immortal Spirit, pure father
of beauty, of greatness and of truth,
descend, reveal yourself as lightning here
within the glory of your own earth and sky.

At running and wrestling and at throwing
illuminate in the noble Games’ momentum,
and crown with the unfading branch
and make the body worthy and ironlike.

Plains, mountains and seas shine with you
like a white-and-purple great temple,
and hurries at the temple here, your pilgrim
every nation, o ancient, immortal Spirit.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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16 Comments on Savory Cheese and Peppers Cake

  1. thepassionatecook says:

    yum, yum, yum – i’ve been cooking a lot with halloumi this summer – grilled, mainly, but this seems like a great new way of using it!
    thanks for your contribution to WTSIM!

  2. Ivy says:

    Thanks a lot. Halloumi is a very versatile cheese and I use it in a lot of recipes. I am sure you will love this one.

  3. Peter G says:

    This is almost like a quiche but healthier Ivy. I love “pipperies” and the addition of halloumi make this extra special…yum!

  4. Elly says:

    Very tasty looking Ivy! I will eat anything with halloumi or kefalograviera :)

  5. Ivy says:

    Peter, I wouldn’t compare it to a quiche. It’s more simple, easy to make and less greasy. It’s a tyropita with peppers.

    Elly, me too.

  6. Emiline says:

    Your savory cake looks delicious. Perfect for the event.

    Happy olympics to you! :)

  7. Ivy says:

    Thanks Emiline.

  8. glamah16 says:

    I was going to say like Peter did. It looks way more healthier and less cholesteral. Great creation.

  9. Dhanggit says:

    I have never tried making a pepper cake, and i really love the sound of this!! Thanks for this delicious entry to my party event :-)!! I’ll keep you posted for the round up!!

  10. Sam Sotiropoulos says:

    Ivy, I don’t believe it! We must have been thinking the same thing… Synchronicity! I used the Olympic Hymn in my latest posting too!!! The version I used is my own translation which is IMHO a much more faithful and readable rendition of the original by K. Palamas. Take a look: http://greekgourmand.blogspot......treat.html


  11. Mike of Mike's Table says:

    I haven’t seen much in the way of savory cakes, so this is a really interesting cake to me! It looks delicious

  12. Sam Sotiropoulos says:

    Woops! ivy, in my excitement over remarking on our Olympic hymn synchronicity, I forgot to comment on your recipe! lol In any case, the halloumi and pepper are sure to marry well in the adaptation from the Cypriot tiropita. Looks great! Wish I had a piece… :)

  13. Bellini Valli says:

    This would be so enjoyable at The Lake for a picnic sis…wish I could have been there too:D

  14. Lore says:

    I don’t think I could wait until Mayumi’s b-day party to eat this yummylicious savoury cake of yours :P

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