White Cheese & Dill Savoury Treats! - Peynirli Poğaca
Recipe type: Pastry
Cuisine: Turkish
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Serves: 36
  • 50g margarine, softened to room temperature
  • ½ çay bardağı/tea glass sıvıyağ OR ⅓ cup sunflower oil
  • 1 su bardağı/water glass yoğurt OR 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 packet baking powder/hamur kabartma tozu (here it comes in 10g packets)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 su bardağı/water glasses un OR 5 cups plain flour
  • For the filling:
  • 2 su bardağı OR 2 cups white cheese/beyaz peynir, either chopped in small pieces or grated
  • 1 su bardağı OR 1 cup lor peyniri/ probably ricotta is the nearest equivalent. If you can’t find it, simply increase the amount of the regular white cheese
  • ½ bunch fresh dill/dereotu – essentially a good handful, chopped
  • for the topping:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp nigella/çörekotü.
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds/susam (optional)
  1. For the filling:
  2. Combine the chopped white cheese and the lor peyniri/ricotta with the chopped dill in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. For the pastry:
  4. Place the softened margarine, sunflower oil, lemon juice and salt in a second bowl and mix. Add the baking powder and flour and knead well until the dough reaches the consistency of an earlobe. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave for 20 minutes.
  5. Then take walnut-sized pieces of the dough and roll them in your hands. You can also roll them with a rolling pin on the counter. Each piece should be the size of a glass top. You can also use a rounded fluted cookie cutter.
  6. Place a tablespoon of the filling on each round and fold the pastry over to make a D shape. Pat to seal. I used a fork to flute around the edges but this fluting got lost in the baking. I think this is more appropriate for Cornish Pasties!
  7. Place each pastry on an oven tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  8. Brush each one with the egg yolk and sprinkle with the nigella seeds and sesame if using.
  9. Bake at 180C/350F degrees for 25 minutes.
  10. Serve warm with freshly made çay or tea!
Recipe by Seasonal Cook In Turkey at http://seasonalcookinturkey.com/white-cheese-dill-savoury-treats/