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Pumpkin Banitsa

Banitsa is a popular, traditional pastry that is eaten for breakfast in Bulgaria. They can be either savoury or sweet, and are delicious served warm when bought fresh from the street kiosks in towns and cities.

 

In Bulgarian kitchens it is a popular snack made for families to enjoy and has numerous
fillings.

At this time of year there is an abundance of pumpkins (tikvi) and walnuts on markets and shops, so this recipe is a classic dessert in Bulgaria and an alternative recipe to the popular white cheese pastry.

Ingredients

Filo Pastry Sheets
1 Large Pumpkin (peeled and diced into small pieces)
8-10 oz Sugar
5 oz Chopped Walnuts
1 tbsp Cinnamon
6 oz Melted Butter
Honey

Method:

Cook the diced pumpkin in a small amount of water until soft, drain
well in a colander to remove excess water and mash.

In a pan add mashed pumpkin, sugar and cinnamon and heat on a low heat
to cook for a few minutes and ensure no water remains. Allow to cool.

Add walnuts and mix together.

In a large greased baking tray layer a 1-2 filo sheets folded and brush with melted butter.

Then layer mixture and a drizzle of honey and continue with alternate
layers of folded filo sheets, until all the mixture has been used and the
last layer is filo, butter and a drizzle of honey.

Cook in a pre heated oven at 220 Celsius till brown, the reduce heat to
180 Celsius for a further 40 minutes or until cooked. Serve warm.
A great tasting dessert served with a strong coffee. Delicious!