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Adjust Servings:
600 g Filo pastry
6 Eggs
300 g Sirene
400 g Yogurt
200 g Butter
0.5 tsp Baking soda

Banitsa with kismets

All the dough

  • Vegetarian

Lucky charms of fortunes at the festive table

  • 50 min
  • Serves 12
  • Medium



A filo pastry with sirene, eggs, yogurt and butter. New Year Banitsa is special as it holds kismets – little fortune wishes everyone seeks in the banitsa and hopes for the best. Soo Tasty with Soo Foodies!

  • Check out another banitsa recipe, but don’t forget to add kismets
  • You can also put kismets inside the pastry (then wrap them in an aluminium foil) or pop them over the banitsa. Hidden inside, they definitely bring the moment of surprise
  • Always spread sirene after putting the filling. If you add sirene in the bowl with the filling it may not be distributed evenly



Melt the butter. Put the yogurt into bowl and add the baking soda. Stir well until yogurt absorbs it and leave it to risen for about 5 minutes. Crumble the sirene into a plate. Grease your baking tin. Use big round tin - 30 cm diameter. Whisk 5 eggs and one egg white. Keep the egg yolk for spreading over ready pastry just before placing into the oven. Add yogurt-soda mixture to the eggs. Pour 175 g of melted butter, stir and the filling is done.


Take 1 sheet of the filo pastry and put 3 table spoons of the filling at the end of the sheet, add crumbled sirene over and roll the sheet. Start rolling up the filo sheet at the centre of the baking tin. Continue with the rest of the products in this sequence – pastry sheet, filling, sirene, rolling in, rolling up. The inner circle will get bigger and bigger until all the products and space in the baking tin are over. Whisk the last yolk with 25 g of the melted butter. Use a cooking brush to “paint” over the ready pastry. This is for a nice, crispy, brown crust on top.


Put the banitsa in a pre-heated oven at 200 C for 30 minutes. Sprinkle some drops of water on top when you take it out. This is for a crispy top. If you want the banitsa soft, cover it with towel for 10 minutes. Leave the banitsa in the tin for 5-10 minutes and then take it out and leave it on a grid or in a towel. Arrange kismets on top. Each kismet is a piece of paper with a good wish on it, for example Health, Love, Luck. Tie the piece of paper on a toothpick with a red thread to drive away the evil.

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