Lor Çökelek Böreği

      Little of pockets of deliciousness packed with lor peynir (a cheese similar to ricotta), spices, onions and garlic!

There’s nothing like a delicious böreği! And with all of the different types there’s so many to try. This böreği is not made with the traditional yufka but it still delicious and full of flavor. The lor peynir is similar to ricotta cheese. It is delicate and light and perfect for filling böreği.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 750 g lor peynir (substitute ricotta if needed)
  • 2 TBSP suzme yogurt (or any thick yogurt)
  • 1 bunch of parsley (finely chopped)
  • 5 shallots (finely chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 6 scallions (finely chopped)
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 3 TBSP red pepper flakes
  • 1 TBSP black pepper
  • salt (to taste)
  • bread dough*

*If not taking the filling to a Firin. See the note below.


In a large stockpot, melt the butter and sauté the shallots and garlic until translucent.

Meanwhile, pour the lor peynir into a large bowl. Stir in the yogurt, red pepper flakes and black pepper.

Once the shallots and garlic have cooked pour them into the cheese mixture. Add the parsley, scallions and salt (to taste). With your hands or a fork, mix until well incorporated.


NOTE: At this point is where we cover it with plastic wrap and bring it to the Firin (literally “oven” in Turkish) who will put the filling in dough and bake them for us. But, if you don’t live in Turkey and you want to make them yourself then here’s a simple recipe to make your own bread dough.

Bread Dough Recipe:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 packets dry yeast
  • 2 tBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 cup of hot (not boiling) water
  • 1 TBSP sugar

Combine the sugar, yeast, and water together in a large bowl and stir until well combined. Allow the yeast to activate by allowing it to set for 10 to 15 minutes.

Then add 2 TBSP olive oil and 1 TBSP salt and whisk together. Slowly add in the flour, stirring with a wooden spoon until well combined.

NOTE: You may not need all of the flour so add it cup by cup to ensure that the dough is not too dry.

Roll the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-10 minutes. Shape into a ball.

Coat a bowl with 1 TBSP of olive oil and place the ball of dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and set it in a warm place. Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour. Then punch it down and allow it to rise for another 30 minutes.

After the Bread Dough is Prepared:

Pour the dough onto a floured surface and divide it into golf ball size pieces.

Roll out the dough to 12 inches long. Fill with 1-2TBSP of the mixture on one side only (lengthwise).

Then fold over the other side and using a little water, pinch the sides together to secure them.

Bake on 400F for 10 minutes or until browned.

Serve & Enjoy!


Afiyet Olsun!


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