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Shared by Hila Alpert

Phyllo Bundles With Feta, Honey, and Black Pepper

Yield: 4 bundlesTime: 35 min

Phyllo Bundles With Feta, Honey, and Black Pepper

Yield: 4 bundlesTime: 35 min

Family Journey

Kibbutz Ma'ale HaHamisha
Tel Aviv

This recipe was shared by Hila Alpert. Read more about her family in " Israeli Culinary Journalist Hila Alpert Looks Back on Shavuot on the Kibbutz" and try her recipes for cheese and chocolate truffles and lali salad.

While one is not required to consume dairy on Shavuot, it is a popular custom. Here, it’s wrapped inside phyllo dough and sweetened with honey. Black pepper keeps the sweetness in check.


  • 3 sheets of fresh or frozen phyllo, defrosted in the refrigerator
  • 1 block of full fat feta cheese, cut into 4 sheets horizontally
  • 3 ounces salted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey 
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
BreadsShavuotVegetarianDairyMiddle East


  • Step 1

    Cut each phyllo sheet into 3 equal sheets horizontally.

  • Step 2

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Step 3

    Fill and shape the phyllo bundles. Take one sheet of phyllo dough and brush it well with melted butter. Place it horizontally onto a flat surface. Take another sheet of phyllo and brush it with melted butter. Place this sheet vertically and in the center over the first sheet of phyllo. Place 1 piece of cheese onto the center of the two layered phyllo sheets. Fold the right side of the phyllo dough over and onto the cheese. Fold the bottom piece of phyllo over and onto the center, fold the left piece of phyllo over and onto the center and fold the top piece of phyllo over and onto the center of the phyllo bundle. Repeat until the phyllo bundle is folded with no loose pieces hanging. The phyllo should be formed into a tight rectangular bundle at this point. Repeat with the remaining 6 cut sheets of phyllo to form 3 more phyllo bundles. Use the remaining 1 extra piece of phyllo for another dish. Transfer the phyllo bundles to a baking sheet with the seam side down. 

  • Step 4

    Brush all the phyllo bundles well with melted butter. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the phyllo bundles are golden brown.

  • Step 5

    Immediately drizzle the honey over the phyllo bundles and sprinkle generously with black pepper. 

  • Step 6

    Serve immediatly.