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Bulgarian Apple-Walnut Banitza Recipe


Bulgarian Apple-Walnut Banitza Recipe

Bulgarian Apple-Walnut Banitza is similar to Pumpkin Banitza, pictured here.

© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

Bulgarian apple-walnut banitza recipe is a sweet dessert version of a savory cheese banitza served as an appetizer or vegetarian main course. It is a simple filo dough roll baked until crispy. Other popular dessert fillings include pumpkin. This is a popular dessert served with strong Turkish coffee.

Makes 5 Apple-Walnut Banitzi

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 18 sheets filo dough, thawed
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and grated


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, bread crumbs and set aside.

  2. Place one sheet filo dough on parchment paper or a tea towel. Brush lightly with butter. Repeat 2 more times so there are 3 layers of filo.

  3. Portion out 1/5th of the walnut mixture on the entire surface of the filo. Then, place 1/5th of the apples in a 1/2-inch-wide strip along the short edge and 1/2 inch away from the sides. Fold up bottom edge first, then sides, and then roll away from yourself, using the parchment paper or towel to help, until you have a tight cylinder. Brush lightly with more melted butter and sprinkle with extra sugar, if desired.

  4. Repeat with remaining filo dough. Place banitzi on a parchment-lined pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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