Poğaça is a Turkish bread like savory pastry. It’s usually filled with feta cheese and maybe parsley and topped with kalonji seeds. It can be home made or bought from a pastane (bakery). It goes great with 5 o’clock tea or as in my case with coffee in the morning for breakfast. This recipe is for about 24 pieces of poğaça.
- 5 cups flour
- 2.5 sticks of butter
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 eggs (one of them yolk only)
- 2 tbsp dry yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp kalonji seeds (Turkish: çörek otu)
- 1/3 cup feta cheese
- 1/4 bunch of parsley
- Remove butter and eggs out of the fridge half an hour in advance to make your life easier. Now mix flour, butter, water, 2 eggs, yeast, sugar, and salt together and start kneading with your hands. Keep going until it looks like it does in this photo. Cover dough with a wet towel and let it sit for an hour.
- Get small chunks of dough – slightly smaller than a golf ball – and roll around in your palm to get it nice and even and then press on it to make room for the feta and parsley. Now fold in two and make sure the ingredients are secured in there. Make some plain ones because not everyone likes feta and parsley. Now place on a well greased cookie sheet.
- Get an egg yolk, add a tablespoon of sugar, and the kolanji seeds and mix them together with a pastry brush and spread it all over the poğaças.
- Set oven to 350 degrees and bake until the top has a nice brown color just like in this photo. Should be about 30 minutes.
- Serve with some Turkish tea in an authentic Turkish tea cup because you just made some authentic Turkish poğaças. Congratulations.