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Turkish Pastry-(Karakoy Pogacasi)


I missed my elementary school days. When I came back home from school, there were always yummy scented Turkish pastries or cakes. Now, when I smell same I remember those days. This time I wanted to share with you one of my childhood Turkish pastry which is called pogaca in Turkish. You can make these pastries for your breakfast. Don’t expect to get puffy ones, these are crispy. For filling you can use what ever you want like feta with parsley, olive, potato, or ground beef. I will give you the recipe with feta and parsley.


For dough:

  • 2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cups of oil
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 egg white (use yolk for top)
  • 1+1/4 tsps baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • All purpose flour

  For filling:

  • 1.5 cups cottage cheese / feta cheese crumbled
  • 5 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • nigella seeds to sprinkle on top



  • Make the dough: Melt the butter and energetically whisk in sunflower oil, and 1egg white. Sieve in the flour (approximately 3 cups of flour), baking powder and salt. Mix enough for the ingredients to come together – the dough will be very soft and very buttery and kind of not-come-together-yet.


  • Assemble the poğaça: Pre-heat the oven to 360F. In a mixing bowl combine crumbled cheese, parsley. Roll the dough into a 4 cm thick roll and cut into 1.5 cm wide pieces. Flatten a piece with your finger tips into a 5 cm wide circle. Place a teaspoon of filling into the middle of the circle. Fold the circle to cover the stuffing and form a half-moon and make sure it is perfectly sealed. Brush with egg, sprinkle with nigella seeds. Bake on the middle rack until golden. Serve when still warm. Image

Turkish Bagel-(Simit)


Because of living abroad, I’m certainly missing Turkish foods, especially street foods. I’m sure many of you also missing who are far away from homeland! Turkish bagel is the most popular snack at home, work, or school. You can have Turkish bagel for breakfast with a cup of tea, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese/cream cheese and olives.


Turkish bagel is the fast food of Turkey. There are mobile stalls everywhere in every city, especially in Istanbul. There are also many Simit Houses all around the country, where you can have simit with various fillings such as olive paste, cream cheese, kasar cheese(similar to mozzarella).

Turkish bagel (Simit) was the only food that I missed a lot when I came to U.S. I don’t remember how many times I tried simit recipes at home. But finally I made my own recipe. I hope you enjoy with this recipe as much as I did.


  • 500gr (3 1/4 cups) bread flour
  • 300ml (1 1/3cups) lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp yeast + 1/4 cup of lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup)  molasses, like syrup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1-1/2 cups of sesame seeds

If you have a standing mixer or bread machine the dough is pretty easy to make. If you don’t, you’ll do some exercise kneading the dough, which is not a bad thing I suppose.

In a small bowl, mix the yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup lukewarm water. Stir well so the yeast dissolves. Let it rest for 15 minutes – it will become foamy.

For making the dough, Combine the flour and salt in a bowl, then add the yeast mixture and stir. Put the dough on the counter and knead 15 minutes, until it becomes very smooth. Don’t flour the counter to knead the dough! Then cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and divide it into 7-8 even sized pieces. Combine the molasses with 1cup water and 1tbsp flour in a large bowl. Place the sesame seeds on a large plate.

Working with one piece of dough at a time, use your hands to roll the dough out to make 40 cm (16″) long ropes. Fold in half so two ends align, then lift off the board and use your hands to twist each rectangle into a two stranded “rope”. Place back on the work surface and join the ends together to make a circle, pressing the ends firmly together to seal. Repeat with the remaining dough to make circles.

Preheat the oven to 460F and line a large size baking tray with baking paper. Dip each ring, first into the molasses mixture, immersing completely to coat, then drain well and toss in the sesame seeds, turning gently to coat. Transfer to the prepared tray and set aside at room temperature for about 10 minutes, to puff slightly. Spray some cold water on the sesame rings and the walls of oven using a spray bottle, then place the two trays on the second rack of the oven side by side.  Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until deep golden and cooked through.


Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Simit are best eaten on the day of making but will keep, frozen in an airtight container, for up to 3-4 weeks.