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


  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:)

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Turkish Traditional White Bean Stew

Turkish white beans with stew is a traditional, well-known dish in Turkey. Widely served in Turkish restaurants and houses. With small hints, it is easy to make and so delicious especially with fluffy pilaf. It is one of the most cooked and loved dishes in Turkey for both rich and poor.

Ingredients For White Beans With Tomato Sauce And Meat:

  • 2 cups white beans (soaked overnight) These are white kidney beans but we have other types too. In Turkish, we call them “horoz fasulye”, “Dermason”, “Şeker Fasulye”
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil 300-400gr. cubed beef (optional, you can make it vegan too)
  • 1 big onion
  • a tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tbsp pepper paste (optional, if you don’t have just use tomato paste)
  • 1/2 tsp flour salt, cayenne pepper
  • hot water
Turkish Style Navy Beans with Meat

How To Make Turkish Navy Beans Dish

  1. Soak the white navy or similar beans overnight. I used white kidney beans as we call “Horoz Fasülye” in Turkish but we have different types to and “şeker fasulye” and “dermason” are one of the well-known ones. Wash and drain and put it in a regular pan and add plentiful water and begin to cook.
  2. Check the beans after boiling and discard the foamy part with a colander and cook for about 10-15 minutes. It will help to get rid of the natural gas inside the beans and we will continue to cook after it meets with meat 🙂
  3. In a pressure cooker or regular big pan add olive oil and about 300gr. cubed beef and sautee until brown and the juice is clear.
  4. Add chopped onions, stir for about 3 minutes and add the tomato and pepper paste (if using) and the precooked beans. Continue to sautee for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add salt, cayenne pepper, and a tsp flour and cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Add hot water covering about 2 cm top of the beans and cook closing the pressure cooker for at least about 20 minutes or more until beans and meat are soft.

Here is the best side dish to go with the beans:

Turkish Rice Pilaf Recipe