Here is a quick bun recipe for those on the run. You can literally prepare this recipe within a few minutes if you have the ingredients at hand. Note that you don’t need a blender or a hand-mixer either. All you need is all-purpose flour, feta cheese (you can substitute), olive oil, parsley, dill, and your choice of herbs. I add ground ginger and nutmeg. Although I use them in small amounts, they achieve to add some twist while improving the nutrition.
Buns are everyone’s favorite. They make a great snack if you increase the fat level, or accompany other meals when baked with less oil. Sweet or salty, they sure are savory. Round them up quick, you are going to love the flavor! These are traditionally consumed with fresh brewed black tea or ayran (yogurt drink), along with bulgur salad (kisir – Turkish kısır).
Feta Cheese Filled Buns Recipe
This is a quicker version of Turkish pastry buns (poğaça). Notice that it does not rely on yeast for leavening. Instead we use baking powder. To summarize the process: we basically add in the ingredients, give it a few stirs to incorporate, form small buns, and brush them with egg wash.
I recommend to use feta for this recipe. However, you are not obliged to do so. If you want to substitute the cheese, make sure to select a low-fat version. Otherwise, they might spill out from the buns.
Feta Cheese Filled Buns – Quick Pastry RecipeCourse: SnacksCuisine: TurkishDifficulty: Easy
8 Oz. (227 g) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup yogurt (unsweetened)
1/2 cup feta cheese, diced into cubes
1/2 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg (separate the yolk and white)
1 tablespoon milk
Add 1 tablespoon sour cream into the mixture.
Sprinkle untoasted sesame seeds after you egg wash the buns.
- Add yogurt, honey, and oil into a medium bowl size.
- Add the feta cheese (cubed).
- Add the ground ginger and nutmeg.
- Add the baking powder.
- Separate the egg, and add the egg white to the bowl.
- Set aside the egg yolk for egg wash.
- Add the chopped fresh parsley.
- Add the chopped fresh dill.
- Pour in the all-purpose wheat flour.
- Add the salt.
- Stir well with a spatula until all incorporate uniformly.
- Place baking paper on the oven tray.
- Take out small balls from the dough, roll them, and place them on the tray.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (180 °C).
- Egg wash
- Whisk the egg yolk and one tablespoon milk.
- Brush the mixture over the buns on the tray.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-25 minutes or until the buns get a golden color.
- Sift the flour before adding to the mix to yield fluffier results.
- Use lukewarm milk instead of yogurt to speed up the mixing process. You can substitute 1/2 cup yogurt with 1/3 cup nonfat milk.
Can you use yogurt instead of milk in the pastry?
You can replace yogurt with whole milk with a 1:1 ratio if you prefer. However, you must not replace Greek yogurt with milk without adjusting fat levels in the recipe. In my experience, I always tend to decrease the milk amount a little when I am substituting for plain yogurt. For example, I replace one cup of yogurt with 3/4 cup of milk.