They call it the island of gastronomy and not unfairly. After all, it is not a little bit to come from this the famous chef Nikos Tselemedes who made history in Greek cuisine and entered every house with his recipes. In Sifnos you will spend some of the most beautiful holidays of your life and taste flavors you will never have enjoyed before. Like, for example, the honey pie that in Sifnos has its honor. A dessert that they definitely make at Easter but you will have the opportunity to eat it at any time on the island. An island full of flavors, colors, and aromas. Where the calmer and more graphical side of the Cyclades is.
Holidays in Sifnos, on the island of gastronomy
Sifnos is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to enjoy the Cyclades at their most relaxed pace. Where the beautiful beaches meet hospitality, beautiful architecture, and of course good food. Especially the latter is a given in case you love and choose to do gastronomic tourism.
In Sifnos you will walk in the picturesque alleys of Chora (Apollonia) which combines modern amenities with the traditional way of life. Through the beautiful and well-groomed courtyards that you will meet in the alleys will come to smells of traditional food that you have not tried anywhere else in Greece.
Sifnos is also the ideal island for those who love walking as it has many marked paths through which you will enjoy the sea from above. As far as the beaches are concerned, there they exist for all tastes. From more cosmopolitan and lively to calmer and more isolated.
What you shouldn’t miss in Sifnos
On the island of gastronomy, in Sifnos you will see sights that will remain forever etched in your mind. Like for example the Castle which is built on the ancient capital of Sifnos. What we have experienced makes us liken it to an open museum overlooking the vast Aegean Sea. The pictures from there will impress you.
One of the most famous recipes of the island is as we said the melopita that in Sifnos you will enjoy in its best version. Until you go, however, you can try the original recipe from Argyro Barbarigu and feel like you’ve been there.
700 grams fresh anthotyro (white cheese)
3/4 cup Sugar
5 large eggs (beaten)
1 fl. thyme honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the baking pan
1 tablespoon butter for baking
1/4 cup semolina for baking pan
2-3 tablespoons extra honey for finishing
a little cinnamon for serving
For the traditional melopita of Sifnos without leaf, you will need a long baking pan of 22×32 cm or a round baking pan with a diameter of 28 cm. First you have to butter the baking pan and its sides. Sprinkle the semolina all over the baking pan while preheating the oven to 170 °C in the air.
In a large bowl, add the anthotyro and melt it to make cream. Make a puddle in the middle and drop the beaten eggs, thyme honey, sugar and cinnamon. Mix all the ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth and homogeneous. Empty the melopita into the prepared baking pan and shake the baking pan to straighten the surface. Bake on the medium grill in a preheated oven for about 45′ until the honey pie rises, peels off the sides of the baking pan and the surface is golden brown.
As soon as the melopita comes out of the oven as it is hot, add some honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Let the pie suck the honey cool and stabilize. Carved it into baklava pieces and served.