Baking Halloumopitta (Halloumi Bread)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Yummmmmmy! As we continue our Cyprus adventure — we are taking advantage of remote working due to COVID-19 to visit family in Cyprus — we are learning to bake savory Cyprus treats. With the help of Yiayia (Grandma is Greek) we tried our hand at making halloumopitta. What could be better than bread stuffed with halloumi cheese?

What you need

  • 2 package of halloumi cheese
  • 4 tablespoons (60 grams) olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons (60 grams) of sunflower oil
  • 1 cup (250 grams) orange soda (Fanta or similar)
  • 2 cups (500 grams) self rising flour
  • 2 tablespoons (120 grams) baking powder
  • 2-3 drops vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dried mint
  • Stand mixer

What we did

Start by mixing the dough. We used a Thermomix but you can mix by hand or use your kitchen mixer of choice. First up combine self rising flour and sunflower oil and mix until texture is that of crumbs. Then mix in orange soda and basking powder. Once mixed, remove from bowl and knead until you have a ball of dough. Set aside for approximately 20 minutes.

kneading the dough.

While dough sits, cut two packages of halloumi cheese into cubes. Mix halloumi, olive oil and dried mint in a small bowl.

Now separate dough into chunks and roll out to desired size. For best results each piece should be rolled into a long oval shape.

Rolling out the Halloumopitta Dough.

Spread halloumi cheese mixture across the center of each piece of dough and roll the edges inward to create a long loaf of bread.

Add Halloumi mixture and roll into a loaf.

Score the top of each loaf.

Bake for 20 minutes at 350° F (180° C) until golden brown. Enjoy!

Golden brown Halloumopitta

What we thought

This was a great project to do with the kiddos. Halloumi cheese is soft enough for them to practice their knife skills with little chance of injury. The process is pretty fast and the outcome is delicious. YUMMMY!

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