Cheese Beureks from ‘Salpy’s International Kitchen’

In my last post, a reader named Steph inquired about a
recipe her mother and grandmother used to make – a type of choreg, she thinks,
with a cheese topping. I asked for assistance in locating a recipe, but, sadly, no suggestions were offered.

As I scrolled through Face Book, I noticed that my
friend Salpy, who posts recipes regularly as ‘Salpy’s International Kitchen’ featured her Cheese Beurek recipe with accompanying
photos of its preparation.
Cheese Beurek photos courtesy of Salpy’s International Kitchen

I immediately thought of Steph’s request and asked Salpy for
permission to submit her recipe as a possible suggestion for Steph. Salpy was
happy to oblige, and I thanked her deeply for allowing me to post this!

Steph, if you’re reading this, please let me know if Salpy’s
recipe hits the mark. Even if it doesn’t, this is one delicious recipe that
shouldn’t be missed!

(Original Recipe by Salpy’s International Kitchen)

My Basic dough recipe for Beureks:
 5 Cups all-purpose
 1 Tbsp. fast acting
yeast (proofed with 1 tsp of sugar and ¼ cup of lukewarm water)
 1 tsp. Salt
 3 Tbsp. powdered
milk (optional)
 2 Tbsp. vegetable
 1 Egg
 Enough water to make
a soft pliable dough
 1 tsp. Sugar

Mix dry ingredients with the exception of the yeast in a
mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, while mixing add the proofed yeast,
egg, oil and water until ingredients come together and form a lump, change the
attachment to the dough hook and continue mixing until you have s soft dough. 

Rub the dough with some oil lightly. Place in a large bowl, cover and let it
proof in a draft free area, until double in size, punch down the dough, cover
and place in a draft free place until doubled again.

Recipe for the cheese filling:
 2 Lbs. White Cheese,
such as Panela or Queso Fresco or 1 Lb. of each mixed together
 1/2 Lb. Feta Cheese
 3 or 4 green Onions,
 2 Shallots, finely
 2 Tbsp. Italian
Parsley leaves, chopped
 1/2 tsp. Aleppo
pepper or smoked Paprika
 1/2 tsp. Black

Egg Wash:
 2 Egg Yolks beaten
with 1 Tsp of Sour cream to give the Beureks a nice golden color.


Break off a piece of dough depending on how big you want
your beureks to be. 

Roll out on a floured surface, Place a good amount of the
filling in the center of the dough, following the Illustrations in the photo if
you wish to make a braided Beurek, or you can just close the edges to form a
Triangle shape. 

Brush the surface with egg wash mixture. 
Bake in 375°F
preheated oven until golden in color.
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