Peynirli Cicek Pogaca literally translates to Cheese Flower pastry. Pogaca are savoury pastries filled with cheese, olives and potatoes and available all over Turkish bakeries. They are enjoyed as breakfast or tea time treats. When I saw the shape of the breads, I just immediately decided to make it for this month’s #BreadBakers theme. The theme was to make a Mother’s day inspired flower bread. There are so many ways to make beautiful shaped breads and this is one of the easiest methods.
The original pastry has feta cheese as filling. As I was out of feta cheese, I decided to use cream cheese. But once I tried filling the pastry, I knew it wouldn’t work. Dry cheeses work good with this pastry. So I stopped the cream cheese and used crumbled paneer and it was perfect.
While shaping the flowers there are two types of twisting the petals. Twisting all the petals in the same directions give a flower and twisting two adjacent petals in the opposite direction gives a very different pattern. Both are equally beautiful and I have made both for this batch. Serve them hot out of oven and I am sure you will love it.
Makes 8 Buns
Flour – 1 3/4 cup
Water – 1/3 cup
Milk – 1/3 cup
Sugar – 2 tbs
Instant Yeast – 1 tsp
Salt – 3/4 tsp
Butter – 1 tsp
White Sesame For Topping
Feta / Paneer for filling
In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt and yeast.
Add the milk and water and mix to form a soft dough.
Add the butter and mix well.
Take the dough onto the counter and knead for 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place in an oiled bowl, cover with cling wrap and set aside until the dough is double in volume.
Preheat the oven to 200°C.
Remove it back to the counter, press it and divide it into 8 equal portions.
Shape the dough into a thick disc, place the cheese inside and bring the sides of the dough to cover the filling.
Keeping the seam side down, use a knife to make cuts around the edge. Make 8 cuts leaving the centre intact.
Take out each petal and twist it to 90°.
Arrange them on a greased tray.
Apply milk wash and sprinkle sesame seeds in the centre.
Bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden.
This month’s BreadBakers’ theme is Mother’s Day or May Day inspired bread, hosted by Julie at Hostess At Heart. Here’s what our creative bakers came up with.
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