Sweet Cheese pies (Lyhnarakia) with farina


For the pastry:

  • Farina Mills of Crete 2 kg (4 packages)
  • Sugar: 650 gr. (3 cups)
  • Extra virgin olive oil ABEA: 500 gr. (2 cups)
  • Milk: 125 gr. (Λι cup)
  • Yogurt: 100 gr. (5 tablespoons)
  • Salt: 5 gr. (1 teaspoon)
  • Eggs: 6 mediums

For the filling:

  • Sweet mizithra: 2 kg
  • Sugar: 300 gr.
  • Butter: 20 gr. (1 tablespoon)
  • Cinnamon: 15 gr. (1) spoon)
  • Vanilla: 2 sachets
  • Eggs: 2 yolks
  • Honey: 4 tbsp
  • Lemon zest: 1 tbsp
  • 2 yolks beaten for spread


Beat the oil with the sugar and add the 2 beaten eggs, salt, yogurt, milk then slowly the flour. Knead them all together well and let the dough rise. We grate the myzithra. Add 2 egg yolks, vanilla, honey, zest, half a spoon of cinnamon and butter, then mix. Gradually add the sugar and mix well. We spread the dough to create a medium thick sheet and cut it into round shapes. We take a filling with a teaspoon of liquid and put it in the center of each sheet. We make light bulbs by “pinching” the dough all around. Glaze the light bulbs with the 2 yolks, after beating them, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place the light bulbs in a buttered pan and bake in a moderately preheated oven for 30 minutes.

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