Turkish Savory Pastry / Poğaça

Pogaca ReadyTurkish women that are house wives often join regular tea parties with their neighbours. This savory pastry called poğaça (pooo/a/cha) is a very common treat for such moments. Pogaca is also common in Hungry and Albania. Every country and even every house has its own version. In Turkey many bake pogaca with yeast and use margarine, I find this recipe much healthier and easier than most.

Pogaca filling

For the filling there are many options too, below I have added two of them one with parsley and cheese and the other with minced meat and onions. You can use both fillings at the same time as I did. You can help your guests by garnishing them differently; mine had nigella seeds for cheesy ones and sesame seeds for the minced meat. You can also prepare other different fillings such as potatoes and spices.
Pogaca in Oven

Another good thing about pogaca is after you bake them you can keep them in the freezer and heat them up and serve as fresh. It will be heat them up for 8-10 minutes at 100 degrees Celcius.

 

If you didn’t finish all at once and don’t want to freeze, I suggest to keep them in the fridge and heat up slightly in microwave – or eat cold, which I prefer.

I have given measurements in grams, so everything should work out fine. Nevertheless the amount of flour needed may differ depending on the size of the eggs and how watery the yogurt is so after adding 450 grams of the flour, check the texture of the dough before adding the rest. The dough should be soft but should not be too sticky.

Shaping Pogaca

If you want to want to prepare half the amount. You should use 2 eggs (spare 1’s yolk for the top), 125 gr yogurt, 10 gr salt, 2 baking powder, 75 ml olive oil, 400 gr flour. However, I do suggest you go with the complete amount as you will be able to keep it for a long time anyway.

Hope you try and enjoy. It is a great treat for breakfast, after school and ofcourse tea parties.

Turkish Savory Pastry / Poğaça
Print Recipe
Every country and house has their own recipe; this one is the Turkish home-made version with olive oil. There are two ingredient choices.
Servings Prep Time
40 pastries 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 pastries 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Turkish Savory Pastry / Poğaça
Print Recipe
Every country and house has their own recipe; this one is the Turkish home-made version with olive oil. There are two ingredient choices.
Servings Prep Time
40 pastries 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40 pastries 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Pastry
Meat Filling
Cheese Filling
Garnish
Servings: pastries
Instructions
Pastry
  1. In a large mixing bowl slightly whisk the eggs.
  2. Add and mix first the yogurt and then the olive oil.
  3. Sieve salt, flour and baking powder. If the yogurt is too dry you might need to reduce the amount of flour, so add the flour slowly.
  4. Knead with your hands adding the flour gradually. You will in a short time obtain a soft dough.
  5. Then make small-walnut sized balls. Flatten in your hand and add ingredient of your choice in the middle and close. Do not push too hard in the joining point. A gentle push will be enough.
  6. Place each savory pastry on an oven tray. They should not touch each other and should have some space to expand.
  7. In a small bowl wish an egg yolk and a tablespoon of olive oil. Using an egg brush, or your hand spread this mixture on the savory pastries.
  8. Then sprinkle with nigella and/or sesame seeds. It might be a good idea to use these to differentiate different fillings if you have used them.
  9. Cook in an oven at 180 degrees. You do not need to pre-heat. It will take around 25 minutes, according to your oven's performance. They should be golden on top and on the bottom.
Meat Filling
  1. Heat a skillet and add the minced beef meat. Saute until it changes color on all sides. Add the chopped onion and mix until the onions are also softened.
  2. Add also salt, pepper. Mix and set aside.
Cheese Filling
  1. Crumble the cheese with a fork or your fingers.
  2. Add chopped parsley and mix well. You can also choose to add chopped dill.
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