HOME-STYLE TURKISH ‘POĞAÇA’

This favorite Turkish breakfast menu will make your day bright and fruitful. The soft texture and the cheesy filling are really fantastic. Omit the parsley in the filling if you are using fresh herbs, and if using the herbs, add them to the dough.

Servings: 20 Rolls

Ingredients

1/3 cup crumbled Feta or goat cheese

  1. cups flour

2 cups plain yogurt

3/4 cup melted butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon sugar

2 egg yolks

2 tablespoons sesame seeds or poppy seeds /black cumin seeds Optional:

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs

Directions

Prepare the filling by combining in a large bowl the crumbled feta cheese and 1 tablespoon parsley. If using herbs, omit parsley.

In another large bowl, combine two cups of flour and the rest of the ingredients. Mix and knead the mixture and slowly add the remaining flour until the dough becomes smooth and firm. If using herbs, add them to the

dough and knead.

Shape the dough into rolls of the size of your choice. You can have the size similar to a small plum or apricot.

Press the dough lightly on a work surface lightly dusted with flour. Place in the center of the flat dough with a filling of your choice, folding the circle in half on top of filling. Pinch to seal.

Place the poğaça or dough in a grease-proof baking paper lined-baking tray. Arrange the poğaça, seam side facing down and tuck its ends under.

Repeat the rest of the oval-shaped rolls (wide and round in the center and the ends are narrow). See to it that the rolls are one each apart.

Brush with egg yolk using a pastry brush. Sprinkle on top with poppy seeds, or sesame seeds or cumin seeds.

Bake at 350 degrees F until the surface is golden brown and the rolls puff up. Serve with your favorite bread spread.

Enjoy!

Nutritional Information: 90 calorie; 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat); 26 mg cholesterol; 286 mg sodium; 5 g carbohydrate; 0 g dietary fiber; 3 g protein.

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