After trying out many recipes from the Turkish Cuisine, I took the courage to try out Börek, which i always thought would be a very difficult one. I have eaten Börek in almost every Turkish friends' place and in every gathering in a Turkish mosque, everytime wondering and appreciating the cook there. But unless you give it a try, you wont know how simple and easy it is ...isnt it ? I am glad that my first try was very satisfactory and successful!
Börek is a common term for all pastries that use Turkish yufka i.e. phyllo dough. Depending upon the filling, the shape and sometimes the region, the term börek is preceded by a descriptive noun : Kiymali börek (Mincedmeat börek), or ispanak börek (Spinach börek) and the most common style being a layered one. Tepsi in Turkish literally translates as "tray". Spinach börek is defintely the nation-wide favourite and my favourite too !
Phyllo dough sheets/Yufka Pastry Sheets- 1 pkt (contains about 6 sheets)
For the filling
Spinach (fresh or frozen) - 1 cup
Potatoes - 2 (cooked and mashed)
Goat cheese - 100 gms
Salt - to taste
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Garlic pod - 1 (crushed)
For the sauce
Olive oil- 1/3 cup
Eggs - 2
Milk - 1 cup
Egg yellow for egg wash - 1
Preparation of the filling
1. Heat the oil and add the potatoes, spinach (thaw the spinach first, if using a frozen one), salt, garlic and pepper and fry for about 4 minutes.
2. In a small bowl, mix this potato mixture and the goat cheese and mix well with a fork.
4. Grease a deep bottom tray, approx. 8 x 11.5 inches, with olive oil( or a pan that is approximately the same size with the phyllo sheets).
5. Layer 1 phyllo sheet in the tray. Leave the overhanging phyllo to the sides for the final wrapping.
8. After the third layer of phyllo, do not add the egg sauce. Place the filling now and cover it again with another phyllo layer.
10. Finally tuck and wrap the overhanging first phyllo on the top to cover all the underlying layers. Pour over whatever is left from the sauce on top.
11. Give an egg wash by brushing the surface with egg yellow.
12. Cut the phyllos in small square pieces with a knife, like how you cut a cake.
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