Honestly, who can resist a freshly made puff pastry filled with all kinds of yumminess? Definitely not me. My weakness was confirmed when I tasted, my friend, Vivi’s cheese filled Bourekas. One bite and I was hooked. Bourekas are delicious, breaded hand pies that originated in the Middle East. Israeli cuisine is famous for making some of the most delightful bourekas in the world. There are many different versions of these heavenly baked pastries, including a few well-known versions made famous by other cultures like Indian samosas, Italian calzones, and German strudel to name a few.
Although bourekas originated in Asia as a stuffed dumpling, the Turks of central Asia eventually migrated to the country of Turkey and over many generations, changed the recipe into a layered pastry known as börek. History tells that when the Sephardic Jews settled in Turkey, they combined börek with their traditional empanada recipe and (Voila!) renamed it boureka. Luckily for me, that recipe made its way from Turkey to Israel, then eventually to the United States, through my adorable friend Vivi, who taught me an easy way to create this scrumptious cheese-filled puff pastry. And, now I get to share the recipe with you. Don’t you just love a good history lesson!
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