Cyprus Passion

Eliotes are known as Olive Bread or Olive pies. It is a tradition in Cyprus to make these while fasting but as the years go by this tradition has expanded and we make these whenever we like.  However, we still do eat them more so while fasting. Eliotes can be made in various ways such as in bread form, roulade, pies or even turnovers. They can also be made in mini versions or a one big loaf or pie. These tasty snacks can be eaten for breakfast with a cup of Greek coffee or even as a snack before lunch or after lunch. It is traditionally eaten while having a Greek coffee. 

Back in the day, when most people worked the fields, they would take Eliotes with them to eat as the would leave very early in the morning to tend to the fields. The bread and olives in these pies would keep them strong and healthy and provide the energy they needed.


  • 3 cups chopped olives

  • 2 dried onions

  • 1 bunch fresh onion

  • ½ kg All-purpose flour

  • ½ cup Olive oil

  • 1 cup fresh orange juice

  • 1 tsp dry yeast

  • A pinch of salt

  • Fresh and dry mint (as much as you like)

  • Lukewarm water if needed


  1. In a bowl add the flour, yeast, salt, olive oil and mix well.

  2. Once all mixed add the fresh orange juice and mix well again.

  3. Then add in all remaining ingredients and mix.

  4. When all ingredients are mixed together, shape the mixture into small olive pies (usually in a half moon crescent) and cook them in a pre-heated oven at 180°c for approximately 30mins.

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