Byrek me Djathë
Cheese Pie

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Byrek me Djathë

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Ingredients

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400g (12 Sheets) Filo Pastry This recipe works better with ready made pastry. Ensue you keep the pastry covered with a damp tea towel to prevent it from drying out while working with it.
2 Eggs
300g Cottage Cheese
50g Crumbled Feta Cheese
4 Tbsp Olive Oil
220ml Water Optional
1/2 Tsp Dried Basil

Nutritional information

417
Calories
2.2g
Sugar
4.3g
Sat Fat
16.9g
Fat
16g
Protein
42.3g
Carbs
1/6
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Albanian Cheese Byrek can come in many shapes, normally rolled or horseshoe but you can also make sticks, squares or triangles filled with any filling. The name ‘Byrek’ is one of a few, some will call it Borek, Burek or even Pite (when made as a whole pie instead of individual batches).

Steps

1
Done

Create the Filling

In a mixing bowl, combine and mix well the cottage cheese, eggs and feta until a thick mixture is formed.

2
Done

Fill the Pastry

Using four sheets at a time layered, add some of the cheese mixture into the middle, you can fold into any shape, I like to make squares.

To fold into a square, take the bottom right corner and fold upwards, fold the left hand side over the corner folder up, then fold down from the top.

3
Done

Prepare all Byrek

Repeat step 2 creating 6 cheese byrek. Oil the based of a baking dish and place the cheese byrek inside. Brush olive oil all over them and sprinkle with basil.

4
Done

Cooking

Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

5
Done

Optional

If you are not making the byrek for packed lunches, once removed from the oven, pour half a glass of cold water over the top, then half into base of the dish. Cover with two tea towels and leave for 1 hour before serving.

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These are fantastic! I made them tonight per this recipe. Fellow American peeps: ask Google to help you convert grams to ounces! And the cooking at 180° mentioned in the recipe is Celsius! This equates to 350°F. One third of the way through, I changed this to 375°F and the last few minutes, I bumped it up to 425°. Utterly delicious with a little side salad. Can’t wait to make these again (and again).

Thank you so much for your positive feedback and also your tips on the temperature. So glad you like them, we make them for packed lunches too 🙂

My 9 year-old son made some cheese byrek for a school project – totally delicious! He added oil/melted butter between the filo pastry layers.
Thanks for this website – great idea – Albanian food deserves to be more widely known.

Awwww that is lovely to hear! My 5 year old daughter loves helping me cook, it’s great when they try something new too!

Well done to your son!

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