Melopita: An Authentic Greek Honey Pie Recipe from Sifnos

 Melopita is the name of the Greek honey pie. This homemade pie comes from the beautiful island of Sifnos, the island of the most notorious Greek cook, Nikos Tselementes. This fact has given the island a culinary culture. As a result, every year at the beginning of September, the Cycladic Gastronomy Festival "Nikolaos Tselementes" runs in Sifnos, where cooks from all over the Cyclades islands and beyond gather and display their traditional recipes and flavors.

Sifnos produces a wide range of high-quality products such as cereals, oil, wine, legumes, fruits, cheeses - the most famous are manouri and mizithra, and of course excellent quality honey (thyme).

Sifneiki melopita requires the following ingredients: eggs, mizithra (soft and saltless), honey, cinnamon, flour, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Mizithra or myzithra is a Greek whey cheese or mixed milk-whey cheese from sheep or goats, or both. You can find it either fresh or dried in any Greek food store. Melopita requires soft mizithra. In case you cannot find this cheese, you can substitute it with ricotta cheese. 

This melopita Sifnoy recipe, which serves 6 to 8 people, takes 20 minutes to prepares and one hour to cook.

melopita (Greek honey pie)

Melopita -  Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 450 g. of fresh and saltless mizithra (or ricotta cheese)
  • 225 g. of honey
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. of butter
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling

Melopita - How to Make

  1. Start this Greek honey pie recipe by preheating the oven to 350ºF. 
  2. Beat eggs lightly in a large bowl. 
  3. Add the ricotta cheese, honey, cinnamon, flour, and lemon juice to the bowl. 
  4. Beat for 3 minutes, or until you get a smooth homogeneous mixture. 
  5. Rub 1 tbsp. butter into a 9-inch pie pan. 
  6. Pour in the pan the pie mixture. 
  7. Place pan on middle oven rack and bake 1 hour, or until the surface of the pie cracks and is puffed. 
  8. Remove pie from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon. 
  9. Cool to room temperature before cutting into wedges to serve. 
I hope you like this melopita recipe. Enjoy!