Disclaimer: This post contains a recipe highlighting a different country or culture. While I strive for authenticity, I sometimes need to make adjustments to recipes due to ingredient availability.
My friend Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm just went on the trip of a lifetime to Egypt, so it’s only natural that she chose Egyptian food for this week’s Sunday Funday.
I made Egyptian cookies a few years ago for Eat the World (and that’s its own funny story).
One recipe I saw only said to fill with cheese but didn’t mention what kind (in the video it was some sort of white cheese). In a different blog, it was suggested to use white cheddar or mozzarella (and deli meat, if one so chooses)- both are white but provide a very different flavor profile. I made some cheese stuffed buns and added some leftover deli turkey I had on hand to the cheddar buns and some leftover pepperoni to the mozzarella buns.
The biggest difference here was the addition of tomato paste to the dough. It didn’t seem to change the flavor at all but made the dough a delightful orange color.
- Culinary Cam: Hawawshi and Other Egyptian-Inspired Dishes
- Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Egyptian Borek (Cheese Filled Hand Pies)
- Palatable Pastime: Baked Chicken with Baharat
- A Day in the Life on the Farm: Salata Baladi
- Sneha’s Recipe: Mahalabia
- Karen's Kitchen Stories: Egyptian Sweet Rolls
- Pandemonium Noshery: Molokhia
- Mayuri's Jikoni: Egyptian Cookies
Egyptian Borek (Cheese Filled Hand Pies)
Adapted slightly from Dina Dodxy
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup milk, heated to 110 degrees F
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
4 ounces cheese, cut in chunks (cheddar or mozzarella)
Meat, optional (I added some deli turkey and pepperoni)
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix with the dough hook until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes.
Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel until doubled in size, 30-45 minutes.
Cut dough into 2-ounce pieces. Flatten each piece and add a heaping tablespoon of fillings. Pinch to shut. Place face down on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Cover with a damp towel.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake the filled Borek for 15 minutes. Serve warm.