Who can resist a freshly baked puff pastry filled with all kinds of
yumminess? Definitely not me. I confirmed my weakness when I tasted, my friend, Vivi’s cheese filled
Bourekas. After one bite 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 versions of these heavenly baked pastries, including 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 migrated to the country of Turkey and over many generations, changed the recipe into a layered pastry known as
History tells that when the Sephardic Jews settled in Turkey, they combined
börek with their traditional empanada recipe and renamed it
Boureka. Luckily for me, that recipe made its way from Turkey to Israel, then eventually to the United States, through my friend Vivi, who taught me an easy way to create this scrumptious cheese-filled puff pastry. Now, I get to share the recipe with you. Don’t you just love a good history lesson!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you’ve made it please share it with me by tagging @culinarybutterfly on Pinterest.