Recipe for Melopita – Greek Style Cheese Tart
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This cheese tart is a popular dish on islands like Santorini, but it can also be found elsewhere in Greece. They’re especially common around Easter.
Melopita Recipe Ingredients:
- 1 sheet puff pastry or prepared pie crust
- 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese that has been strained overnight in a cheesecloth
- 1/3 cup Greek honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mastic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a 9-inch springform pan with the puff pastry or pie crust. Cover with aluminum foil and place the pan in the center of the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes to let the crust or puff pastry set. Remove from the oven, remove the foil, and poke the pastry with a fork several times across the surface. Return to the oven and bake until the crust or puff pastry turns golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. Let cool completely.
When ready to make the tart, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the ricotta, honey, mastic, cinnamon, and eggs to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Pour the filling into the cooled pie crust and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until the tart is set. Remove from oven and let cool for about an hour before serving.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com