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Feta baked in filo pastry with honey on a white plate

Tiropita. Baked feta wrapped in filo with honey and lemon

Deliciously crunchy feta parcel with a filo wrapping served with honey and lemon
Prep Time 20 mins
Course Appetiser, Cheese, Entrée, Appetiser, Canape
Cuisine Cheese
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 375 gm filo pastry 1 packet. Wrap and save the rest.
  • 250 gm Feta Greek
  • 150 gm butter melted
  • 100 gm honey I use Truffle honey you could use any honey you like
  • 1 lemon Cut into wedges
  • 20 gm sesame seeds to sprinkle before baking or to add when serving

Instructions
 

  • Set the oven to 180C. Line a baking tray
  • Chop the butter into small pices and melt. Set aside.
  • Open the feta and drain. Cut into even sized pieces approx 1 cm. (a bit under 1/2 inch) You will get 6 slices from 1 packet. This is enough to make 3 share sized Tiropitas or 6 smaller ones
  • Open the filo. You will need about 3 pieces of pastry from the packet cut into 2. (approx 25 cm x 6 cm) (10inx 6in). You should have 2 pieces in layers of three.
  • Line up one of those pieces of pastry on the bench in front of you. Cover the others with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Paint each layer with a light coating of butter and stack them back on top of each other. Place 3 slices of feta beside each other in the middle. (If making smaller ones just use 1 piece)
  • Fold the pastry around the feta and seal by painting with some butter. Cut off any excess. You can sprinkle them with sesame here before baking or garnish with sesame when you serve them. This is an optional extra
  • Bake the filo in the oven till golden and crisp. This will take approx 15 to 25 minutes depending on your oven
  • Serve imediately drizzled with honey. Cut into pieces at the table and add a squeeze of lemon. Heaven!

Notes

Filo pastry dries out very quickly. It goes crispy and is hard to use. You will find you need to work quickly. Once the packet is open re wrap the extra bits as quickly as possible so you can use it later.
You may notice that the pieces I used where a bit broken up. I had a packet in the freezer that I defrosted. It had been used before so was a bit broken. No matter I just pieced my pies together and stuck them with melted butter. Just make sure all the cheese is well covered.
Despite how it looks you do not need to be heavy handed with the butter. Just paint it on layers lightly.
The parcels can be made ahead and baked when needed up to 1 day ahead. Keep airtight in a container with a lid. They are best made and baked the same day though
To make the scrunched up fancy buts, just push together one small piece of filo like crumpling a piece of paper. Paint this lightly with some butter and bake either on top of the parcel or separately. These scrunched bits tend to cook faster than the parcels so keep an eye on them. You may need to take them out of the oven and set them aside while you bake the parcels till golden on top.
Keyword cheese, greek