Flower Shaped Pastries
I have a flower-like recipe today. It is a bit difficult to make compared to normal pastries, but believe me, it's worth the effort you put into it. It is both magnificent in appearance and taste. Why does it taste better than other pastries? Because the amount of cheese is too much and the cheese spreads evenly all over the pastry. In normal pastries, since the cheese is only in the middle of the pastry, its real taste can be enjoyed only when eating the middle of the pastry. But since there is cheese on every leaf in the flower pastry, it is full of cheese, so to speak.
If you have a yeast dough phobia, don't forget to take a look at my article where I explain the tricks of yeast dough. Be sure to use butter at room temperature. The butter at room temperature has started to melt, and when you touch it with your finger, it becomes soft enough to slide right into it. If you do not use your butter at room temperature, the amount of flour given will be excessive and it will be difficult to knead your dough. 3/4 doesn't mean three or four. If you do not know what it is, do not forget to take a look at the measurements section to refresh your knowledge of fractional numbers.
- 2 eggs (1 egg yolk to brush on top),
- 3/4 cup warm milk,
- 3/4 cup warm water,
- 250 gr. butter (at room temperature),
- 7-8 cups flour,
- 10 gr. instant yeast,
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar,
- 2 teaspoons salt,
- For filling; crumbled feta cheese and chopped parsley,
- Poppy seed for topping.
- Place 5 cups of flour in a large bowl,
- Stir in yeast, sugar and salt,
- Make a cavity in the centre and add, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk and butter,
- Start mixing with your hands while slowly adding warm water and milk,
- Finally add last 2-3 cups of flour slowly (you may not need all of it) and knead until you get a non-sticky dough,
- Cover the dough with kitchen towel and let it rest for 45 mins to rise,
- After it has risen, deflate the dough and knead for 1-2 mins,
- In a bowl combine cheese and parsley and mix well,
- Pull small orange size pieces from the dough and press them flat on your palm,
- Place some cheese in the centre, fold and press,Turn upside down and make 2 cm cuts from the edges, avoid cutting the center,
- Turn the cut pieces upwards as seen in the photos and press,
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper,
- Let rest for 15-20 more mins,
- Whisk 1 egg yolk and brush on top of the pastries,
- Sprinkle poppy seed in the center,
- Bake at 190 degrees celsius preheated oven until the top is golden brown.