Syrian cheese pastry, Sambusak, are the perfect break the fast food or for that matter breakfast.
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- 25-35 piecesServings
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup white flour
- 1 cup smead (semolina)
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼-½ cup warm water
- 2 ounces sesame seeds
- 2 pounds grated part-skim muenster cheese
- 1 egg beaten
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix flour, smead, salt and oil. Add water a little at a time. Mix until well blended. Cover and set aside.
2. Prepare cheese filling: combine cheese, beaten eggs and baking powder and mix lightly.
3. Take out a third of dough. Divide this third into walnut size balls. Dip each ball lightly into sesame seeds.
4. Flatten each ball into 2-inch circles. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in center of circle and fold in half, making a half moon shape, with sesame seeds showing.
5. Close by pinching ends firmly.
6. 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.