Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Baharatli/Otlu Pogaca - Turkish Pastry with either spice or herbs

Hello dear reader,

I know it has been a while I couldn't update my blog. I have a very important excuse which I cannot tell now ;-))

Today I have another Turkish pastry recipe for you. I think you all understand how I like to bake. This is a simple and quick recipe and it is open for your imagination too. The original recipe was with feta cheese and dill (parsley if you do not like dill) but I didn't have them at home when I was craving for it thus I used spices instead (dried mint- oregano and chilli peeper flakes)

Here comes the ingrediences;

1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbs soft butter
2 eggs (seperate 1 yolk for brushing)
2 ts sugar
1 ts yeast
1 ts salt
3 cups + 2 tbs flour
100 gr crumbled feta cheese
1 cup chopped dill or parsley or spices if you don't have neither of them.

Mix well sugar, warm milk and yeast at first. Than add oil, butter and eggs and mix couple more minutes. Thank add 3 cups of flour than continue to add if you need more. I added 2 tbs more since I used large eggs. You may decrease salt if your cheese is too salty. Add the other ingredients and knead the dough couple more minutes till you have soft dough. Cover the dough and leave it to raise 20-25 minutes till it doubles. Than divide the dough into two pieces. Put some flour over the counter top and make a circle with the first dough piece about 10" diameter or service plate dimention. You may use either your hands or a rolling pin. Cut that dough to 8 pieces. Roll each triangle dough in order to get croissant shape. Roll the others and finally you will have 16 pastries on the tray. Before you start rolling each piece feel free to add extra cheese or butter than roll it. Or just roll it plain.It is up to your imagination. Leave them on the tray another 20-25 minutes to rise more than brush egg yolk on top of the pastries. Place the tray to preheated oven around 420F about 15 minutes till they have nice color. Timing depends on the oven.Mine took 15 minutes to bake but it could need more time.

Prepare Turkish tea while they are in the oven. Have fun with tea and warm fluffy pogaca which I did couple days ago ;-)) Afiyet olsun!