Turkish Borek From Scratch

So excited to share this crunchy layered, buttery, feta cheese filled borek recipe from scratch! Don’t worry there is an easy way to make all these thin phyllo dough layers together.

This borek recipe is called “baklava borek” because of the look, taste, and similar method of making it. We will use starch to make the layers and in a short time, it will be ready to put in the oven.

Filling Options For Borek Recipe:

You can make any filling with the borek such as cooked onion and ground beef filling seasoned with salt and black pepper. Or again stir-fried onion and mashed potatoes seasoned with red pepper flake and salt (i might do another video for the fillings) or even spinach filling would be lovely and traditional also to go with this borek recipe…

Ingredients For Turkish Borek With Cheese:

  • For the dough
  • 1/2 cup each lukewarm water, milk, and vegetable oil (olive or sunflower or any kind)
  • 1 large egg about
  • 4+1/2 cups all-purpose flour (first put 3+1/2 cup) and use more to make a soft unsticky playable dough
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • about 200gr. wheat or corn starch
  • For pouring over the borek dough: 150gr. butter or mix of 1/3 of it with vegetable or olive oil
  • For the feta cheese filling:
  • about 250gr. feta cheese or mixed with some mozzarella or kashar or any kind of melting cheese
  • 1/3 bunch of finely chopped parsley

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl add egg, lukewarm water, milk and vegetable oil, about 4 cups flour, salt, baking powder and begin to mix. Continue to knead to form a soft playable, unsticky dough adding more flour if needed.
  2. Take out the dough into a starch sprinkled board and cut it in half. Cut each half into 5 pieces and shape them into a ball. After this point use only starch to shape.
  3. Roll out each piece with a rolling pin in a salad plate sifting plentiful of starch over each layer. You will end up with two batches with 5 layers. Make sure you add enough starch between the layers because it will create a thin layer later.
  4. Beginning from the first batch roll out the 5 layers together with a rolling pin again as much as you can. It should be bigger than the pan you are going to use. Your pan can be round or rectangular, it doesn’t matter. You can cut the dough to fit inside the pan and use the sides to fill the borek. (See the video for more details.)
  5. After you cut a shape place it in a pan and place the sides over it separating some of the layers if possible and add the cheese filling over the dough. I used feta cheese and chopped parsley mixture. But you can also use a mix of different cheeses or make a spinach filling or minced meat filling with onions and simple seasonings.
  6. You can roll out the second batch and repeat the steps but this time keeping the fitting shape for the top layer. Cut the borek in squares. Melt the butter and olive oil and pour over the borek.
  7. Bake the borek in a preheated 180C degree oven for about 40 minutes until golden color on top and bottom. Serve warm after 101-5 minutes out from the oven. Keep the leftover borek in an airtight container and reheat both sides in a pan, lid closed to regain its crunchiness again, and enjoy with a Turkish tea:)

Here are other similar recipes you can try

Turkish Borek With White Cheese

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Chrunchy borek layers
Borek for tea time

How To Make Turkish Menemen

Menemen is a traditional and very common Turkish Breakfast dish. It is a simple and delicious egg dish you can enjoy at any time of the day as well as breakfast time.

It has simple ingredients like green peppers, tomatoes, Turkish white cheese, and eggs along with butter, olive oil, and seasonings.

Menemen ingredients

Ingredients to make a Turkish Menemen: (3-4 serving)

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp butter
  • 3-4 sweet or mild hot green peppers
  • 2 medium to big size ripen tomatoes
  • about 1/3 cup white Turkish feta cheese or similar kinds you can find
  • 3-4 eggs salt, red pepper flakes to season
Grating tomatoes

How To Make Menemen Recipe:

  1. First cut the green peppers. Take out the stems and seeds and cut it into cubes.
  2. It is always better to use the correct size pan for the serving size. For 3-4 people 23cm (9 inches) pan is ok. Add oil and butter to the pan and melt. Add the peppers and begin to saute.
  3. After it is browned add grated tomatoes. Cook it until the tomatoes are cooked well and shiny.
  4. To season add salt, red pepper flakes. Add the feta cheese or mix of feta, ricotta like cheeses. Cook until the cheeses melt for about 30-40 seconds. If your cheese has too much water you can cook a bit more.
  5. Crack the eggs and break a little bit but not too much. Don’t cook them too much it is important. You can also keep the yolks without breaking it too. You can partially close the lid but not all the way since it creates steam and cooks the top of the eggs that we don’t want.
  6. Serve the menemen hot with Turkish breakfast and tea. Traditionally we eat by dipping a piece of bread and have some from the menemen with the bread together (Watch the end of the video:) and enjoy! Afiyet olsun!
Menemen is served with Turkish breakfast

If you are planning to make a Turkish breakfast feast for your family friends of guests I suggest you watch these videos too: 3 Ingredients Turkish Egg Kapama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Io0L… How to make Turkish Tea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOAXl… How to make Turkish breakfast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF0wc… Special Turkish Breakfast For Eid Celebrations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYyCI…