You are going to love this flaky, cheese-filled, rich pasrty-like Börek recipe. No rolling pin is used. I will show you a different technique to have a flaky texture.


  • For the dough
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup milk (you can use water if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp sugar and salt
  • 1 tsp dry yeast or 10gr. fresh yeast
  • a tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup cornflour
  • about 4 cups flour (don’t add all at once)
  • for the filling
  • about 350gr. a mix of Turkish white cheese, aged white cheese
  • about 50gr. grated kashar or mozzarella
  • a handful of fresh parsley
  • to roll out the dough: about 2/3 cup vegetable oil
These boreks with cheese are perfect for breakfast, tea or coffee time

How to Make Flaky Borek With Cheese:

Prepare the Dough:
  1. In a big mixing bowl add water, milk, sugar, yeast and a cup of flour. Wait for 5 minutes and add corn flour, 3 cups more flour and salt.
  2. Mix until it becomes a smooth unstick soft dough adding more flour if needed. Turn the dough into a ball and transfer back to its bowl. Cover and let it rise until it is doubled.
  3. Meanwhile prepare the cheese filling by mixing the cheeses and chopped parsley. You can experiment with different leftover cheeses too. But I would suggest to add lighter white cheese type more then melting ones.
Cheese filling for borek

Shaping The Borek:

  • Take out the risen dough into preferably glass or a marble countertop. (not wood) Cut into 6 pieces and make a ball. Oil a tray and gently turn the balls into a disk by pressing and oil the top of the pieces. Cover and wait for 20 minutes.
  • Get one piece of dough, place it on an oiled surface. Dip your hands into oil and stretchy the dough. The rested dough will easily stretch and get bigger.
  • Continue to stretch the dough and make it thinner as much as you can. You can drizzle more oil if needed. Oil helps to stretch it more and will create the layers.
  • After it is thin enough sprinkle about less than 1 tbsp cornflour with your hand or with a sifter and fold the sides to the center. Fold from top and bottom again to make a square. (Watch the video please for better understanding 🙂 Sift more cornflour on each step.
  • Repeat the steps with other doughs and let them rest for another 20 minutes. Now you will be able to stretch the dough again with oily hands. This time make it into a long rectangle that can fit into your baking tray.
  • Place generously from the cheese filling and roll the dough half way.
  • Cut strips leaving the ends connected and finish rolling the dough. Transfer it into the baking tray. Finish shaping others. Cover and let it rise until somewhat doubled.

Baking the Borek

Brush with egg wash by mixing egg yolk, a tsp milk or oil, and a small pinch of cocoa powder if you like. Sprinkle sesame and nigella seeds, bake at preheated 200C degree oven for about 30 minutes until golden color.

Flaky cheese filled borek

You might be interested in these recipes too:
Rolled Spinach Borek “Ispanaklı Börek”
Turkish Borek With White Cheese
Turkish Style Potato Salad | Vegan
How To Make Lahmacun

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  1. Thx for sharing turkish recipes bcoz I am a lover of turkish food. Last year I visited Istanbol with my family. i wish I had known you at that time I wud have definitely loved to meet you and learn some recipes.
    For the borak can we use cheddar, cottage or parmesan cheese?

    1. Your welcome Nazneen! hopefully, next time we night can meet. If you can find Feta cheese might be good with mix of mozzarella. You can try mixing cottage with mozzarella too!

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