Today, we’re learning how to make Burekas, pastries that are really popular all over the Middle East, especially in Israel. They can be stuffed with any kind of filling that you want. Today, we’re making cheese Burekas.

Ingredients

  • Puff pastry sheet
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Nonstick cooking oil spray (I used olive oil)

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Take out frozen puff pastry and let defrost for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a bowl, combine feta, ricotta, egg, a pinch of black pepper. Mix ingredients together till well blended. Make sure to break up any large crumbles of feta.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, unfold your puff pastry sheets. Use a rolling pin (or glass if you don’t have a rolling pin) to roll out the sheet in order to thin it out.
  5. Cut the sheet into small squares.
  6. Place a bit of the filling in the center of each square.
  7. Fold the squares by taking one corner and folding it over to the opposite corner to make triangles. Use a fork to seal the edges of the triangles.
  8. Cover a baking sheet with foil.
  9. Place your burekas on the foiled baking sheet.
  10. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk and a little bit of water. Use a napkin to brush a light layer of the egg wash onto the surface of each bureka.
  11. Sprinkle the burekas with sesame seeds.
  12. Spray the burekas with the oil cooking spray.
  13. Pop them into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Take out when crispy and golden. Enjoy!

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