Golden: Burekas and book review

It was really hard to decide what our third bake from Golden would be. Sweet? Savory? Pastry, cake, bread, or jam? Then I saw these bad boys, realized they were vegetarian and similar to a sausage roll and knew that these would definitely make the cut!

Bureka dough is a weird concoction which includes your normal butter, flour, salt, baking powder with the addition of cream and cream cheese and egg. This is mixed in a stand mixer or food processor until it forms a ball, then shaped into a disc and refrigerated for an hour. It makes twice the amount you need for any of the filling recipes, but since we were having it for dinner we made the full amount and tried two different fillings.

For the fillings we made the burnt eggplant filling (which contains cooked eggplant, garlic, parsley, feta, Parmesan and egg) and potato and oregano (which contains baked potato, oregano, sour cream, Parmesan, feta and egg). You roll the dough into a rectangle and the cut the dough into 6 inch squares, 8 for each filling. You divide the filling onto the squares and then fold them into triangles for the eggplant and rectangles for the potato. You pinch the ends together, brush with eggwash and then put sesame seeds on the eggplant version and poppy seeds on the potato version. Bake for 25 minutes and get ready to experience one of the most comforting foods on the planet!

Seriously, these are like cheesy buttery pockets of deliciousness. I bought a BBQ chicken in case there wasn’t enough food to qualify as dinner but we were plenty full from eating one of each of these. My older two are looking forward to having some more for lunch tomorrow, and the younger two, well they ate some BBQ chicken.

Golden has been a delightful book to explore – the cheesecake was divine, I’ve been itching for an opportunity to make the vegan date & ginger loaf again and I’m seeing so many people try the various jam recipes in the Facebook group that it’s making me super jealous that it’s the middle of winter here. I’m looking forward to trying some of the more sophisticated looking desserts in the book such as the tahini sandwich cookies and the bleeding hearts. I predict that this book is going to quickly become one of my absolute favorites and will be featured on here again and again as I work my way through it. Definitely one to add to your bookshelf!

To see the other two recipes I’ve tried from Golden this month, click on the links below: