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Savory Pastries

Coiled filo pie with zucchini (courgette), cheese and dill – Kol Boregi

I am delighted to share this delicious Coiled / Swirl filo pie with zucchini, dill, cheese and onions, Kol Boregi, as we call in Turkish; it has been a huge hit at my online cookery classes recently. We really enjoyed this filling; there is a lovely natural sweetness from the zucchini and onions with the saltiness from Turkish beyaz peynir (I love Pinar Foods UK’s creamy beyaz peynir) or feta cheese, that works with dill so well.  You can also use spinach, sautéed leeks, kale, Swiss chard instead of zucchini/courgettes.

The trick with filo pastry sheets is that they need to be kept under slightly damp towel so they won’t dry out. Take only one sheet at a time to make the coiled shape for this recipe. I have used Jus Roll filo pastry sheets and they worked well.

The milk, egg and olive oil mixture works like a magic to keep the pastry intact while rolling. If the pastry breaks, please don’t worry, you can patch up brushing with the milk, egg and olive oil mixture. Once baked and cooled, you can cut this pastry in portions and freeze in a sealed bag (in one layer). You can also bake it ahead of time and give a gentle reheat at 180C/350F for about 8 minutes.

 

I love our savoury pastries and boreks in Turkish cuisine; tray bakes, filo triangles, pogacas, Pide, Flatbreads with zaatar and cheese topping and more included at my cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, Recipes from My Homeland. Signed copies available at this link and delivered worldwide.

If you live in the US, Canada or Mexico, you can order hardback copies of Ozlem’s Turkish Table here for lower shipping rates.  Please kindly note that this Coiled filo pie, Kol Boregi is a new recipe and not included at my current cookery book.

I hope you enjoy this delicious Coiled filo pie, Kol boregi, Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

Coiled filo pie with zucchini (courgette), cheese and dill – Kol Boregi
 
I hope you enjoy this moreish Coiled / Swirl filo pie with zucchini, dill, cheese and onions, Kol Boregi, as we call in Turkish. We really enjoyed this filling; there is a lovely natural sweetness from the zucchini and onions with the saltiness from Turkish beyaz peynir (or feta cheese) that works will dill so well. You can also use spinach, sautéed leeks, kale, Swiss chard instead of zucchini. The trick with filo pastry sheets is that they need to be kept under slightly damp towel so they won’t dry out. Take only one sheet at a time to make the coiled shape for this recipe. I have used Jus Roll filo pastry sheets and they worked well.
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Recipe type: Savoury pastry, borek
Cuisine: Turkish cuisine
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 7 Filo pastry sheets, thawed (I used a packet of Jus Roll filo sheets, they work well)
  • For the filling:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium to large zucchini/courgette, grated
  • 1 small bunch of dill, finely chopped
  • 200g/7 oz Turkish beyaz peynir or feta cheese, crumbled
  • 30ml/2tbsp olive oil (to sauté the onions)
  • 5ml/1tsp pul biber
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • For the egg, milk and olive oil sauce:
  • 105ml/3 ½ fl oz milk
  • 1 free range medium egg, beaten
  • 30ml/2tbsp olive oil
  • For the topping of the coiled/swirl pie:
  • 1 free range medium egg, beaten
  • 30ml/2tbsp olive oil
  • 30ml/2tbsp sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F
  2. For the filling, place the grated courgette (zucchini) in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Set aside for 10 minutes. Using a clean tea towel or sturdy couple of sheets of kitchen paper towel, squeeze out the excess juice (this is an important step, otherwise this excess juice would make the pastry soggy). Place the squeezed zucchini/courgette in a large bowl.
  3. Pour in the 2 tbsp olive oil on wide heavy pan and stir in the chopped onions; gently sauté for 4 minutes, until starting to soften. Stir in the grated zucchini/courgette, gently combine and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Turn the heat off.
  4. Place the sautéed onions and zucchini in the large mixing bowl. Stir in the crumbled cheese, dill, season with salt, ground black pepper and pul biber. Combine the all ingredients well and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. The filling is ready.
  5. For the milk, egg and olive oil sauce; combine the beaten egg, 2 tbsp olive oil and 105ml/3 ½ fl oz milk in a bowl.
  6. Open your thawed filo pastry sheets and gently lay them on a clean surface and cover with a slightly damp towel. To coil the filo, the pastry needs to be kept moist. Only take one sheet at time and keep the rest covered.
  7. Line a round baking dish (with 25cm/10in diameter) with baking paper.
  8. Take 2 filo sheets and lay on top of another on a clean, dry surface. Brush the top sheet with 4 tablespoons of the milk, egg and olive oil mixture. Place a little less (sparing about 1 tbsp filling) than ⅓ of the filling mixture in a line, along the edge near you. Gently roll up into a cylinder. Brush the edge with the milk, egg, olive oil mixture. Starting from one end, wind the filo into a coil and put on the baking dish with the baking paper on. Brush over and sides of the coiled pastry with the egg, milk and olive oil mixture (this also helps to patch up any broken pastry).
  9. Repeat the same procedure with the next 4 filo pastry sheets, using 2 sheets at a time and a little less than (again, sparing about 1 tbsp filling) ⅓ of the filling each time. Coil each filo cylinder around the previous one to make a larger spiral. Make sure to brush the top and sides of the coiled pastry with the egg, milk and olive oil mixture.
  10. Fold the last remaining sheet, lengthways and brush the sheet with 2 tablespoons of the egg, milk and olive oil mixture. Place the remaining filling (about 3 tbsp) in a line along the edge near you. Roll up again into a cylinder and coil around the previous one to complete the spiral. Brush the top and sides of the coiled pastry with the egg, milk and olive oil mixture and patch up any broken pastry.
  11. Combine the beaten egg and 2 tbsp olive oil in a small bowl. Brush the top of the pie with this mixture, all over, and then sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 - 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and cooked through.
  13. Once cool, slice and you serve with Spicy bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses, Kisir, aside if you like.

 

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Acma; Turkish Style Soft Bagels

Acma, home made Turkish style soft bagels

Acma, home made Turkish style soft bagels

Acma, Turkish style soft bagels have always been one of the Turkish style breakfast treats at home for us. It is also a delicious snack you can enjoy with cup of tea, Turkish cay, all day long. I had a chance to recreate these delicious bagels at home recently, everyone enjoyed them.

We have been pleased with the result; they turned out softer inside and a little crispy outside (this home made version is a little crispier than the Acma you get in Turkey but still very delicious and satisfying).

You can enjoy Acma, sliced in half, and buttered with jam or honey. They are also delicious with a cheese of your choice, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes aside.

Acma; home made, Turkish style soft bagels

Acma; home made, Turkish style soft bagels

I hope you enjoy making Acma; Afiyet Olsun,

Ozlem

5.0 from 1 reviews
Acma; Turkish Style Soft Bagels
 
Acma, Turkish style soft bagels have always been one of the favorite Turkish style breakfast treats at home for us. It is also a delicious snack you can enjoy with cup of tea, Turkish cay, all day long. I had a chance to recreate these delicious bagels at home recently, everyone enjoyed them. Hope you enjoy making Acma at home!
Author:
Recipe type: Turkish style pastries
Cuisine: Turkish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 7 gr (1 pack) of instant dried yeast
  • 4 fl. oz. / ½ cup luke warm milk
  • 2 fl. oz. / ¼ cup luke warm water
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 fl. oz. / ½ cup light olive oil
  • 238 gr/ 2 cups / 8 oz. + 1 tbsp. all-purpose plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • To finish / glaze:
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp. Sesame seeds – optional -
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / 400 F
  2. Combine the yeast with warm water in a bowl, stir well and let the yeast dissolve for a few minutes.
  3. Add the sugar, warm milk and the olive oil to the mixture, stir for the sugar to dissolve.
  4. Sift the flour in a large bowl and stir in the salt. Make a well in the middle and pour in the yeast mixture.
  5. Combine and knead the dough for a few minutes; you will get lovely, soft dough. Cover the dough with a cling film and tea towel and leave to rise at a warm spot (near an oven or in a warm airing cupboard works well) for 2 hours. The dough will double in size.
  6. Once doubled in size, divide the dough into 6 balls. One at a time, roll each dough ball between your palms to make it about 16 cm / 6 inches long. Then swirl and roll and seal the two ends together. Repeat this with the rest of the dough balls.
  7. Place the Acma rolls on a baking paper on a tray, making sure there are minimum 1 inch / 2.5 cm. between each Acma roll, as they will expand while baking. Brush with the egg mixture and sprinkle sesame seeds over the top if you’d like.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven (200 C/ 400 F) for 10 minutes. Then turn the heat down to 190 C / 375 F and bake for another 10 minutes or until the Acma has a rich, golden color.
  9. Serve warm, afiyet olsun!

Turkish cookery class at  Blid & Hatton Gatherings (The Food Studio), Medicine Garden, Cobham

Wednesday, July 13th, 10 am – 2 pm

Kisir: Spicy Bulgur Wheat Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

Kisir: Spicy Bulgur Wheat Salad with Pomegranate Molasses

I am delighted to share my next Turkish cookery class on Wednesday, July 13th, 10 am – 2 pm at the Blid&Hatton Gatherings (The Food Studio) at Medicine Garden, Cobham, England. We have a feast of a class featuring wholesome and delicious spicy bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses, Kisir, ever-popular stuffed aubergines with minced meat and vegetables, Karniyarik, savory filo pastry with spinach & feta, Ispanakli Borek,  stuffed baked dried apricots, Kayisi Tatlisi and more.

Spinach and feta filo pastry pie; Ispanakli Borek

Spinach and feta filo pastry pie; Ispanakli Borek

Here’s the details and booking information, booking will be through the Blid & Hatton Gatherings, the Food Studio at this link. Early booking is advised and the participation is limited.

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Hope you can join us!

Ozlem

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Mini Pizzas with Olives, Cheese and Tomatoes; Zeytinli Mini Pizza

Mini pizzas with olives, cheese, tomatoes; zeytinli mini pizza

Mini pizzas with olives, cheese, tomatoes; zeytinli mini pizza

I love the savory pastries, pogaca and little melt-in-the-mouth mini pizzas with various fillings sold in bakeries, firin and patisseries, pastanes, in Turkey. We Turks love them for breakfast as well as for a morning or afternoon snack with cup of tea, cay; such a delicious treat.

Mini pizzas with olives, tomatoes and cheese, freshly baked - delicious!

Mini pizzas with olives, tomatoes and cheese, freshly baked – delicious!

Recently I made these little pizzas with olives, tomato and cheese topping; they really are easy to make at home and have brought smiles all round!:) A favorite with children, as well and adults, they were a big hit. Mini pizzas are best to be enjoyed straight from the oven, but they also keep well for a few days. The next day (if any left), you can microwave them for 10 – 15 seconds. Or you can sprinkle a little water over them, cover and reheat at 180 C/350 F for 5- 8 minutes. They will be lovely, soft and delicious.

Shaping the mini pizzas; round Turkish tea glass or a mug works well.

Shaping the mini pizzas; round Turkish tea glass or a mug works well.

Tips: Make sure to deseed the tomatoes before chopping so that it won’t make the filling watery and the pastry soggy. As for the cheese, you can use grated mozzarella, cheddar or crumbled feta cheese. For olives; Turkish, Spanish or Greek Kalamata olives all work well. To shape the mini pizza rounds, I used my tulip shaped glass Turkish tea glass, it worked perfectly. If you don’t have one, any glass or round mold in 7-8 cm diameter would work.

Mini pizzas with olives, cheese and tomatoes, Zeytinli mini pizza, ready to eat!

 I hope you enjoy these delicious mini pizzas with olives, cheese and tomatoes – Afiyet Olsun;

Ozlem

5.0 from 2 reviews
Mini Pizzas with Olives, Cheese and Tomatoes; Zeytinli Mini Pizza
 
I love the savory pastries, pogacas and these little melt-in-the-mouth mini pizzas with various fillings sold in bakeries, firin and patisseries, pastanes, in Turkey. We Turks love them for breakfast as well as for a morning or afternoon snack with cup of tea, cay; such a delicious treat. They are easy to make at home and a real crowd pleaser, hope you enjoy them - afiyet olsun!
Author:
Recipe type: Turkish Savory Pastries
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 35 mini pizzas
Ingredients
  • 375 gr/ 3 cups all-purpose plain flour
  • 7gr dry yeast (1 sachet)
  • 5 ml/ 1 tsp. salt
  • 10 ml/ 2 tsp. sugar
  • 240 ml / 8 fl. oz. / 1 cup warm milk
  • 15 ml/ 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 50 gr / 2 oz. butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 3 small tomatoes, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Handful - about 15- green and black olives, roughly chopped
  • 200 gr / 7 oz. / 2 cups grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • For the topping:
  • 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / 350 F
  2. Combine the warm milk, sugar and dry yeast in a small bowl and mix well. Let it stand for 5 minutes so that it gets foamy.
  3. Stir in the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
  4. Add the melted butter and slowly pour in the milk & yeast mixture.
  5. Knead well with your hands for a few minutes, until the dough comes together. Have a drizzle (about 1 tbsp.) of olive oil in your hands if the dough gets too sticky; knead and shape the dough like a ball.
  6. Place the dough in the large bowl and cover with a cling film and a tea towel. Let it rise in a warm place for 45-60 minutes or until doubled in size.
  7. Prepare the filling while the dough is rising. Deseed the tomatoes and olives and chop finely. Place them in a medium sized bowl and stir in the grated cheese and olive oil. Combine and mix well. Set the filling aside.
  8. Once the dough has risen, punch down and divide 3 equal pieces and roll into balls.
  9. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each of the ball of dough with a rolling pin into thin flat rounds in ⅓ cm (0.14”) width. Using a round mold or round glass of 8 cm/3” in diameter, cut the flat dough into circles. Repeat until all the dough is used.
  10. Line baking parchment paper on your baking tray and place the dough circles on it. Using your finger, make a little dent in the middle of each dough circle.
  11. Place a dessert spoonful of filling in each dough circle (in and around the dent).
  12. Brush the pastries with the beaten egg and bake in the preheated oven (180 C/ 350 F) for 15 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  13. Serve hot immediately. This recipe makes 35 mini pizzas; afiyet olsun!
Notes
Make sure to deseed the tomatoes before chopping so that it won’t make the filling watery and the pastry soggy. As for the cheese, you can use grated mozzarella, cheddar or crumbled feta cheese. For olives; Turkish, Spanish or Greek Kalamata olives all work well. To shape the mini pizza rounds, I used my tulip shaped glass Turkish tea glass, it worked perfectly. If you don’t have one, any glass or round mold in 7-8 cm diameter would work.
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