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Sambusak – Savory Cheese Pastry


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Sambusak – Savory Cheese Pastry

Syrian cheese pastry, Sambusak, are the perfect break the fast food or for that matter breakfast.


  • Ready Time : 0 min



  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup smead (semolina)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 oz sesame seeds
  • 2 lbs grated part-skim muenster cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ tsp baking powder


In a large mixing bowl mix flour, smead, salt and oil. Then add water a little at a time. Mix until well blended. Cover and set aside.

Prepare cheese filling: combine cheese, beaten eggs and baking powder and mix lightly.

Take out a third of dough. Divide this third into walnut size balls. Dip each ball lightly into sesame seeds.

Flatten each ball into 2” circles. Place 1 tsp of filling in center of circle and fold in half making a half moon shape, with sesame seeds showing.

Close by pinching ends firmly.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet in 350˚ oven for 15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown.

Sembussaks may be frozen before baking. Bake in 400˚ oven for 20 minutes.

**Short on time? Use frozen store-bought Sembussak dough, 24 pack, and add your own filling. If you don’t mind a crunchier, less fluffy texture, use the whole wheat mini pizza dough and add filling for an even healthier version.


About Beth Warren



Beth Warren, MS, RD, CDN�is a registered dietitian and a certified dietitian-nutritionist with a masters of science degree in Nutrition. She runs a private practice in New York where she works as a freelance writer, consultant of businesses and counsels adult and pediatric clients with various medical conditions and weight management. Follow her on twitter @bethwarrenrd and see her website for more information www.bethwarrennutrition.com


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