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Holiday Foods of the World Bulgarian Banitsa By Veneta Dinova
Banitsa: a simple yet delicious Bulgarian tradition Banitsa (Bulgarian: Баница) is a traditional Bulgarian food prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of cheese between fillo pastry and then baking it until golden brown in the oven.
Preparation: Ingredients ◦ 1 pack of fillo dough 3 eggs 1 lb Bulgarian cheese (or feta cheese) 3 tablespoons butter 1 cup of milk or yoghurt Preparation ◦ Mix the crumbled cheese, milk and eggs together. Don't over mix - cheese should be lumpy. Melt the butter in a cup. Butter the bottom of a casserole pan. Lay 5-6 sheets of fillo dough, one after another (not together) as you spread some butter in between. Spread some of the cheese mixture on top, lay another 3-4 sheets, spreading butter in between. Repeat until all mixture is used. Lay the last 3-4 sheets on the top with no butter in between. Spread the rest of the butter on top. Cut in portion sized squares and bake in the oven until golden (about 30 minutes on 400 F).
Tradition This pastry carries centuries of traditions, much like Bulgaria itself, a small country founded in 681 A.D. and wedged between Greece and the Black Sea. There are many variations of banitsa, depending the region, but one constant is that it always celebrates life's highlights: baptisms, weddings, traditional festivals, New Year's Eve.
Kusmeti (lucky charms) Traditionally, some kusmeti (lucky charms) are put into the pastry on some of the national holidays or other occasions - Christmas Eve, the first day of Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc. They are usually small pieces of a dogwood branch with varying numbers of buds on them- these symbolize health and longevity. Other wishes include happiness, health, and success throughout the new year.
Breakfast or Dessert? Both! Banitsa is served for breakfast or dessert with plain yogurt, ayran (plain yogurt smoothie), or boza. It can be served hot or cold and is always a very tasty meal. There are several varieties which include banitsa with spinach, banitsa with milk, banitsa with pumpkin (tikvenik), etc.
Bad cook? No Problem! Even if you can't cook, banitsa will give the false impression that you can. That's fortunate, because in the old days, it is said that mothers would choose a bride for their son based on the girl's banitsa skills.
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