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Santorini’s sweet cheese pastries - Melitinia

  • Vegetarian Diet

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  • Nuts Free Diet

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Santorini’s sweet cheese pastries - Melitinia


For the filling

  • In a mixer add the anthotyro cheese, the sugar, and beat them well until the mixture is homogenized and becomes like a cream.
  • Add the egg, the egg yolk, the mastic, and slowly add the flour. Attention! Since not all kinds of anthotyro cheese are the same, and one can have more or less moisture, do not add the flour altogether. Add it gradually by constantly mixing, and stop when the filling thickens.
  • When your filling has the desired consistency, refrigerate it for 8 hours.

For the dough

  • Add the flour, vanilla extract, olive oil, and the water into the mixer, and knead until there is a thick dough.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and set it aside for 1 hour, before starting to shape the melitinia.

For the melitinia

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350° F) set to fan.
  • With a rolling pin and some more flour, roll out the dough into a sheet that is 2 mm thick.
  • With a 10 cm cookie cutter, cut 20 discs of the dough.
  • Divide the filling by adding 1 tablespoon in the center of each disc. You may think that the filling is not enough, but it will slightly rise while baking.
  • With a toothpick, lift the edges of the dough and “pinch” them with your fingers, by joining the dough all around at several spots. In that way, you crimp the edges, like a tartlet.
  • Beat the egg with a hand whisk and with a pastry brush, spread it over the dough.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper and place the melitinia in it.
  • Bake in the oven for 18 minutes.
  • Let the melitinia cool and serve with honey.


If you want, you can serve the melitinia by dusting them with a little cinnamon, for even greater flavor and aroma.

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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
12 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
8 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
15 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
15 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
23 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
12 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
4 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
5 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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