Flaounes halved.jpg
A flaouna halved, showing both the sesame seed topping and the raisins inside
Place of originCyprus
Main ingredientsCheese
VariationsMay include raisins

Flaouna (Greek: φλαούνα), ,[1] is a cheese-filled pastry from Cyprus and Greece, which may include raisins or be garnished with sesame seeds. Flaounes are traditionally prepared for Easter.[2] Regional names for flaouna include vlaouna, fesoudki (Greek:φεσούδκι) in Karavas, and aflaouna in Karpasia.[2]


Flaounes are traditionally served in Cyprus, parts of Greece (especially Arcadia) and more widely in the Greek diaspora as a celebratory food for the breaking of the Lenten fast, being prepared on Great and Holy Friday for consumption on Easter Sunday.[3][4] They are eaten in place of bread on Easter Sunday, and continue to be made and eaten for the weeks following.[3] Creating the flaounes can often be a family tradition shared with multiple generations.[5]

The Guinness World Records holds a record for the largest flaouna ever made. It was set on 11 April 2012 by the company Carrefour in Limassol. The pastry measured 2.45 metres (8.0 ft) long and 1.24 metres (4.1 ft) wide, weighing 259.5 kilograms (572 lb).[6] As part of the celebrations, 20 percent of sales of flaounes in Carrefour stores on the day in Cyprus went to charity.[7]

Flaounes were featured as a technical challenge in The Great British Bake Off pastry week episode of season six.

The name Flaouna is derived from the ancient Greek παλάθη[8] (paláthē> flado> fladoonis> flauna), a cake of preserved or dried fruit.


Flaounes are a cheese-filled pastry commonly flavored with mastic, mahleb and spearmint.[9][10] The pastry is described as similar to shortcrust in texture.[5] A sheep and goat cheese known as tiri flaounas [11] or flaouna cheese, that is made in the region of Paphos,[12] is traditionally the main cheese used in the filling. Any mix of graviera, halloumi,[13][14] fresh anari or kefalotyri[3][15] can be further added to the mixture.

Flaounes may be served hot or cold.[16] Depending on the area of the island in which they are made, the recipes vary so that the pastries are either salty, semi-sweet or sweet.[17] They can also sometimes have sesame seeds sprinkled on top or sultanas interspersed with the cheese.[9][18]


  1. ^ "Zeytinli Hellimli Bitta (Kıbrıs Zeytinlisi) Tarifi".
  2. ^ a b Christou, Eleni; Demetriou, Demetra; Lazarou, Stalo. "Φλαούνα, η". foodmuseum.cs.ucy.ac.cy (in Greek). Cyprus Food Virtual Museum. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Thacker, Anita; Barton, Arlene (2012). Multicultural Handbook of Food, Nutrition and Dietetic. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 298. ISBN 9781405173582.
  4. ^ Bryant, Sue (2008). Cyprus With Your Family (eBook ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Frommer's. p. 77. ISBN 9780470722053.
  5. ^ a b Lathourakis, Patricia (31 March 2009). "My family's Easter tradition". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Largest Flaouna". Guinness World Records. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Largest flaouna enters Guinness Book". Cyprus Mail. 12 April 2012. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  8. ^ Hadjioannou, Kyriakos (1979). Ta en Diaspora. pp. 56–65.
  9. ^ a b Mallos, Tess (1979). The Complete Middle East Cookbook. New York: McGraw-Hill. p. 88. ISBN 9780070398108.
  10. ^ "Flaouna". Cyprus Highlights. Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Τυρί φλαούνας Παφίτικο" [Flaouna Cheese Pafitiko] (in Greek). Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  12. ^ "Pafitiko Tyri - Paphos Cheese". Cyprus Highlights. Archived from the original on 15 April 2023. Retrieved 15 April 2023.
  13. ^ Πέσκιας, Χριστόφορος. Φλαούνες (in Greek). Kathimerini.gr. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  14. ^ "My Cypriot Kitchen - Flaounas". Food Television. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Flaounes". Mitsides Group. Archived from the original on 14 April 2023. Retrieved 14 April 2023.
  16. ^ "Flaounes recipe". BBC Food. Retrieved 2021-01-31.
  17. ^ "Flaouna pastry". Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  18. ^ Spilling, Michael (2000). Cyprus. New York: Marshall Cavendish. p. 116. ISBN 9780761409786.

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