Melopita (Greek Honey Pie with Ricotta Cheese)

melopita greek honey pie

Dessert, Recipes | September 26, 2019 | By

Honey and cheese is almost all you need for a delicious Melopita — Greek Honey Pie.

Melopita is a traditional honey pie/cake from the island of Sifnos in the Southern Aegean. The base of it is anthotyro cheese (you can use ricotta) which you mix up with aromatic honey and eggs. Once you pull it out of the oven you can spread more honey on top and dust it with cinnamon.⁣ I was going to make an apple compote to go with it, but the pie is already sweet enough and does need much to accompany it, especially if you garnish it with tangy pomegranate seeds like the photo. I’ve been making this recipe a lot lately. I’m also making it for one of my Los Angeles personal chef clients for their Rosh Hashanah dinner.

Melopita recipe origins

The first time I made Melopita was on Narlis Farm in Sifnos  this summer. For that recipe, George the other of the farm, who taught the class made fresh cheese from goats’ milk. We even got to meet the goats that day. My recipe is based on what we made. It’s just too bad I don’t have fresh goat’s milk on hand to make my own cheese!⁣

Indicators that the Melopita is done

As you embark on making the Melopita, you’ll find it’s a super easy recipe to make. Basically, mix everything together, turn it out into the baking pan, and bake. Just make sure that the pie gets brown all over and is set in the middle. Everybody’s oven is different so it’s hard to estimate exact times. This is definitely a time to use your senses. You will smell it and notice the color.

Happy Baking!

Melopita (Greek Honey Pie with Ricotta Cheese)

melopita greek honey pie
Christina Xenos
Greek, Mediterranean
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour

Melopita is a traditional honey pie/cake from the island of Sifnos in the Southern Aegean.

Servings: 8 pieces
Serving Size: 1 piece


    For the pie:
  • 2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese⁣
  • 1/2 cup honey⁣
  • 1/4 cup sugar⁣
  • 3 eggs⁣
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla⁣
  • Pomegranate seeds (optional)
    To prepare the pan:
  • 8-inch round pan⁣
  • Butter⁣
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch⁣


  1. Whisk or use a hand mixer to combine all the pie ingredients.⁣
  2. ⁣Grease an 8-inch cake pan with butter and dust with corn starch.⁣
  3. ⁣Pour pie mixture in and bake at 375° for about an hour until it is brown on top and set in the center. ⁣
  4. ⁣Let cool and then flip out and flip back over onto a serving plate. You can use a springform pan if you don’t feel comfortable flipping.⁣
  5. ⁣Garnish with more honey and a dusting of cinnamon, and pomegranate seeds (optional).


Let the pie cool before you turn it out of the cake pan.

Nutrition Facts

Melopita (Greek Honey Pie with Ricotta Cheese)

Serves 1 piece

Amount Per Serving
Calories 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15.4%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 97mg 32.3%
Sodium 117mg 4.9%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 11.7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 97mg
Protein 12g
Vitamin A NA Vitamin C 4mg
Calcium 226mg Iron 1mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.




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