Savory Cake of Olives, Onion, Halloumi Cheese and Mint!

Cypriot Sister of Focaccia: Mrs. Bitta!

by Refika Kitchen
Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint

Cake of Olives is on the menu in Book recipe, and we are going to teach you how to make this delicious recipe from scratch!

Today we have something for those of you who are preparing to embrace the holiday and lockdown days! We are going to be comforting ourselves with my favorite childhood baking good called `bitta` with olives!

Bitta is a Cypriot bread-like cake and pizza -a cousin of focaccia – made with olives, halloumi, and lots of flavors. With the perfect crust and warm crumb, it’s going to hug you like a friend that you haven’t met for ages!

  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
  • Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint

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Savory Cake of Olives Onion Halloumi Cheese and Mint
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Savory Cake of Olives, Onion, Halloumi Cheese and Mint

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 6 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

  • 900 gr bread dough (you may use ready to bake dough. If frozen, cover with a cloth and leave it to thaw. You can knead it yourself as well, recipe below)
  • 250 gr halloumi, diced (wash before using to rinse off excess salt)
  • 100 gr string cheese, diced (not essential, you can substitute 100 gr halloumi)
  • 120 gr black olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs of spring onion, sliced (or 10 sprigs of chives or 1,5 onions)
  • 150 gr yogurt (4 heaped tablespoons, alternatively, kefir, cream, or 100 ml milk)
  • 100 ml olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (skip if you’re kneading the dough yourself)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 good handfuls of dried mint
  • 1 handful of nigella seeds
  • 1 handful of sesame seeds

To make the bread dough:

  • 550 gr all-purpose flour
  • 330 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of salt
  • 1x10 g sachet of dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven on upper and lower heat, without a fan to 200 C (400 F). Place a wire rack on the lower shelf.
  2. Put the dough in a large bowl and add onions, spring onions, halloumi, and string cheese.
  3. Then add the yogurt, olive oil, olives, sugar, egg, and finally the dried mint.
  4. Roughly mix for 30 seconds. Gently folding would be great, don’t punch down the dough while mixing.
  5. Grease a cake tin and transfer the dough to it. If there are some ingredients on top, pull the dough from the sides and cover them to prevent the extra browning in the oven.
  6. Sprinkle the sesame and nigella seeds and let them rise in a warm place for about 15 minutes until slightly puffed.
  7. Bake the bitta for 40 minutes. To check for doneness, thrust a pairing knife into the bitta’s center and if there is any dough stuck to the knife, bake for another 10-15 minutes.
  8. Rest for 5 minutes after baking. Your bitta is ready to enjoy with the perfect crust and puffy, warm texture, which embraces all those insanely delicious flavors!

To make the bread dough:

  1. Mix the lukewarm water, sugar, and yeast in a jar and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Put the flour and the salt into a large bowl.
  3. Gradually pour the water into the bowl while stirring.
  4. Knead the dough for 10 minutes or until smooth on your counter.
  5. Place back in an oiled bowl. Cover with a damp cloth and leave it to prove in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
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