Turkish Pogaca with Cheese
2 cups lukewarm milk/ water
1 cup oil
1 egg (yolk for egg wash, white for dough)
1/3 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
5-6 cups all purpose flour
Instant yeast (7 gr)/1 cube fresh yeast
For glaze: beaten egg yolk, nigella/sesame seeds/poppy seeds
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup fresh parsley/dill, chopped (optional)
Place the lukewarm milk, sugar and the yeast into a bowl. Stir well to dissolve the sugar and the yeast. Let it rise for 10-15 minutes.
Then, add the salt, egg white, oil and flour, knead for 10 minutes. Place a plastic wrap over the dough and let it rest for 2 hours or till it rises up to double its shape Grab egg size pieces from the dough and make it flat in your palms and put the cheese filling inside. Close and make it round or any kind shape you like.
Place them over a greased baking tray, leaving some room. Cover the pogacas with a plastic wrap or cloth and leave them to rise for an hour. Then, brush them with egg yolk and sprinkle some sesame seeds/nigella/poppy seeds.
Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C) and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the heat to 375 F (190 C) and bake for 15 more minutes till they turn golden brown.
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