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Tyropita Trifti Thrakis (Thracian Style Cheese Squares)


Delicious! And simple to make in a large batch for appetizers. As made in Thrace, the soft-dough may be spread into a sheet and cut in squares before baking, or each shaped individually into daintly "bastounakia" (little canes or sticks). The word "trifti" identifies the texture - crisp and crumbly in the mouth.













Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Sugar-Free, Very low in sodium, Low Sodium


½ cup butter
½ cup olive oil
cup milk
plus 1 tbsp
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
less, if cheese is salty
1 cup cheese
greek, grated
2 cups all-purpose flour
or more


If making the individual "little canes," they should be half a (dainty) finger wide and a finger in length.

The secret of the crispness is in adding only enough flour to make a soft dough.

To make about 100 1-inch squares: The mixing of the dough may be begun with an electric mixer, but should be finished by hand.

Beat the butter until fluffy, then lower the speed and add the olive oil.

Continue beating, and when fluffy beat in the milk, baking powder, salt, if necessary, and cheese.

Begin adding flour, but after 1 cup stop beating with the mixer and beat in the remaining flour by hand, adding only enough to make dough soft enough to roll into strips.

Knead a few minutes.

Spread or roll on buttered sheet (jelly roll tray, cookie sheet, or any flat pan) to a thickness of half-finger's width and cut into squares of desired size (the smaller the better, since they are rich).

Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 20 to 25 minutes, moving to the top shelf for the last minutes to achieve a golden chestnut color.

(If making the "little canes," the baking time will be 10 to 12 minutes.)

Remove when done and cook on a rack.

Note: Stored in covered tins, these will keep for several weeks.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 7g (0.2 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 3170% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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