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Banitsa (Баница; baitza or banica) is a traditional Bulgarian food, prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of sirene (сирене; a special Bulgarian cheese) between filo pastry before baking it in an oven. It can be eaten both hot and cold.
During holidays such as New Years and Christmas, Bulgarians often hide charms such as fortunes or coins within the banitsa. The tradition can vary depending on the region. Usually, a coin is baked into the bread on Christmas and the elder of the family hands out pieces to everyone. It is said that whoever receives the piece with the coin is to have lots of fortune and wealth in the upcoming year. On New Years, little messages are baked into the bread, somewhat like an American fortunate cookie. Occasionally they will bake other charms into it, such as a small dogwood branch containing a single bud.
It is preferred to be eaten for breakfast, sometimes with yoghurt and other things. Several varieties includes banitsa based on spinach, milk, and even pumpkin—in which is referred to as tikvenik (Тиквеник).  

Banitsa (Баница; baitza or banica) is a traditional Bulgarian food, prepared by layering a mixture of whisked eggs and pieces of sirene (сирене; a special Bulgarian cheese) between filo pastry before baking it in an oven. It can be eaten both hot and cold.

During holidays such as New Years and Christmas, Bulgarians often hide charms such as fortunes or coins within the banitsa. The tradition can vary depending on the region. Usually, a coin is baked into the bread on Christmas and the elder of the family hands out pieces to everyone. It is said that whoever receives the piece with the coin is to have lots of fortune and wealth in the upcoming year. On New Years, little messages are baked into the bread, somewhat like an American fortunate cookie. Occasionally they will bake other charms into it, such as a small dogwood branch containing a single bud.

It is preferred to be eaten for breakfast, sometimes with yoghurt and other things. Several varieties includes banitsa based on spinach, milk, and even pumpkin—in which is referred to as tikvenik (Тиквеник).  

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    So yummy. I miss the smell of fresh banitsa in the morning. Can’t wait to be back in the homeland.
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    id love to try diff regional pite.
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    That’s interesting. We call all of them börek and just add a descriptive word like “sigara” böreği which is one of my...
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